Connecticut grant will go to clean Long Island Sound

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is soliciting proposals for $1 million in federal funds to clear vessels of sewage and bilge that could foul Long Island Sound.

The DEEP announced Tuesday that operators of boat sewage disposal facilities, or pumpout stations, on Long Island Sound are eligible to apply for funding for the 2014 boating season. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. July 30, according to the Hartford Business Journal.

The program is administered by DEEP with a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Clean Vessel Act Program.

This year, authorities said Connecticut was one of three states receiving the highest grant award in the country, which helps to fund the program grants and the staff that manage statewide pumpout and boater education programs.

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