Facilities receive funding for pumpout programs

Nearly 20 marine facilities in southeastern Connecticut will receive funding to operate boat pumpout programs for the 2013 season, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Thursday.

Thirty-nine Connecticut marine facilities will receive grants totaling more than $1 million from the federal Clean Vessel Act program funds which are awarded each year by the DEEP’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs.

These grants are typically awarded to marine business, municipalities, and non-profit organizations who are helped to improve water quality in navigable waterways within Connecticut by operating programs that provide boaters with convenient and affordable opportunities to dispose of sewage from their vessels.

“The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program is a valuable partnership between the DEEP and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that provides funds for pumpout facilities that help us to preserve and protect water quality in Long Island Sound,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty in a press release. “As a result of this program there is wide spread and easy access to pumpout services on Long Island Sound, which enabled the U.S. EPA to designate all waters of Sound – both in New York and Connecticut – as a No-Discharge Zone. Within this zone, it is illegal to discharge treated or untreated sewage from any boat into the waters of the Sound.”

The CVA program has awarded more than $10 million in grants since 1993 to fund more than 485 projects, providing grants to small marine business owners, municipalities, and non-profit organizations a valuable service to boaters, and providing improved water quality in Long Island Sound.

 

 

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