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Clean Vessel Act Grants

Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program

Each year, thousands of Hoosiers enjoy a host of water-based recreational opportunities, such as fishing, cruising, waterskiing, and spending time with family and friends. Many recreational boats are equipped with on-board toilets and wastewater holding tanks, known as Marine Sanitation Devices (MSDs). Proper disposal of sewage from recreational boats is important in preserving and improving water quality in our state’s vital aquatic ecosystems.

The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA) provides grant funds to states for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and also for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) manages Indiana’s CVA grant program. Applications are accepted from public and private marinas wishing to install a pumpout or dump station open to the general public. In addition, an Operation & Maintenance Grant is also available to assist marinas with CVA-funded projects.

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What is the Source of CVA Funds?

Congress, through the Clean Vessel Act of 1992, found that sewage discharged by recreational vessels, because of an inadequate number of pumpout stations, is a substantial contributor to the degradation of water quality. The Act establishes funds for States for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations for marine sanitation devices and facilities to receive wastes from portable toilets.

Funds for the CVA are deposited into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and are derived from excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels, import duties, and interest on the fund. With this revenue, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes grant funds available through a nationally competitive process to States and Territories. The ranking criteria, eligible projects and regulations are listed in 50 CFR 85.

IDEM competes nationally for these grant dollars using proposals it receives from Indiana marinas wishing to install or update pumpouts at their facility. Marinas are reimbursed up to 75% of approved CVA funded facility costs; the marina is responsible for the remaining amount. A Quick Reference Guide to the Clean Vessel Act [PDF] is available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Please read IDEM’s Pumpout Information for Marina Owners for additional information.

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