State agencies can now apply for grants under the Clean Vessel Act Grant program, run through the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The funds allow states to construct, renovate, operate and maintain pumpout stations and waste-reception facilities for recreational boaters and to inform boaters about the use, benefits and availability of them.
About $14 million is expected to be available under the program this year.
Each year pumpouts and dump stations funded through the grant program and matched with state, local and/or private funds have a “large impact on reducing the amount of potential waste in our nation’s waters. This has resulted in tremendous benefits, such as improved water quality for public drinking water supplies, river ecosystems and shellfish beds, convenient service for boaters on U.S. navigable waters, and boaters who are informed of how best to dispose of vessel sewage,” according to the program notice.
The grant program has funded more than 5,500 pumpouts and dump stations since it began.
State applicants must submit applications by mail or through the website by 4 p.m. Dec. 2.
Awards are expected to be announced in May.