DEP Long Island office seeks grant proposals

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Federal Clean Vessel Act funding is being sought by the Department of Environmental Protection Office of Long Island Sound Programs to provide federally funded matching grants for projects that provide boat sewage disposal facilities.

The DEP is requesting preproposals from owners and operators of public or private marine facilities in Connecticut that want to install a new marine sewage facility or have existing facilities that need repairs or upgrades. Requests for funding for new pumpout boats or central vacuum pumpout systems incorporated within the marina or boatyard will also be accepted.

"The Clean Vessel Act grant program is a valuable state-federal partnership between the DEP and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service," said Brian Thompson, director of the Long Island Sound Programs, in a statement. "We are reaching out to the marinas, boatyards, and yacht clubs to determine what their needs are for new facilities in the coming grant year so that we can request sufficient funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for these improvements."

The purpose of the grant is to increase the availability of proper waste handling facilities for boaters and improve the water quality of Long Island Sound. Up to 75 percent of the cost of an approved project can be reimbursed under the program. Since 1993, $6 million in grants have been given to fund more than 330 projects.

All preproposals must be submitted to the DEP Long Island office by Dec. 15.

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