WASHINGTON — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acting Director Rowan Gould said last week that $12.8 million will be awarded to 31 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2010.
The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and to provide educational programs for recreational boaters, as they have been since the program’s inception in the early 1990s.
“Clean Vessel Act funding supports the construction of facilities in communities that depend largely on recreational boating for their economy – and depend on clean water for their health and the health of their environment,” Gould said in a statement. “In a time of economic uncertainty, these grants also provide an immediate investment in construction jobs and infrastructure that provide lasting value for recreational boaters, state agencies and local communities.”
A complete list of all 31 states receiving grants and their programs is available here: Clean Vessel Act grant.