DEEP: DEP Seeks Proposals For Clean Vessel Act Funding For Marine Sewage Disposal Facilities For The 2010 Boating Season

June 10, 2009

DEP Seeks Proposals for Clean Vessel Act
Funding for Marine Sewage Disposal Facilities
for the 2010 Boating Season

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Long Island Sound Programs (OLISP) has announced the availability of annual Federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funding to provide federally funded matching grants for qualifying projects that provide boat sewage disposal facilities.

DEP is requesting grant proposals from owners and operators of public or private marine facilities that wish to install a new marine sewage disposal facilities (MSDF’s); facilities with an existing MSDF in need of substantial repairs or upgrades; or to obtain funding to operate a new or existing MSDF, including pumpout boats and central vacuum pumpout systems which are incorporated within the marina or boatyard dock system.

"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 OLISP at DEP. "It provides funds for pumpout facilities that help us to preserve and protect water quality in Long Island Sound, and to provide the needed matching funds so that local marine businesses can afford to participate in this important effort."

Thompson said, "The Department of Environmental Protection is grateful to our federal partners in this effort, but also to the owners and operators of public and private marine facilities and non-profit organizations who have participated in this program, and who have provided boaters with a convenient and affordable way to do the right thing by using pumpouts."

"Funding for the Clean Vessel Act program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels," said Alberto Ortiz, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Northeast Region CVA Coordinator. "The CVA Grant Program helps keep our coastal and inland waters clean and safe for recreation by safely disposing of millions of gallons of boaters’ sewage annually. The Connecticut CVA program serves as a good example to many other States and has been the recipient of numerous awards for its excellence."

Up to 75% of the cost of an approved project may be reimbursed under the program, whose purpose is to increase the availability of proper waste handling facilities for boaters which will reduce the discharge or poorly treated or untreated sanitary wastes into the waters of Long Island Sound and its harbors, thereby helping to improve water quality.

The CVA program has awarded more than $6 million in grants since 1993 to fund more than 330 projects, providing grants to small marine business owners, a valuable service to boaters, and providing improved water quality in Long Island Sound. There is more than $600,000 in federal funding available to Connecticut for new projects in this grant round.

Due to the success of this program, sufficient facilities exist so that the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound has been designated as a No-Discharge Area with U.S. EPA approval. It is DEP’s intent to continue funding for these facilities to further improve water quality in Long Island Sound and other boating destinations in Connecticut, including rivers and lakes in inland areas.

The CVA program awards annual grants to public or private marine facilities, municipalities, and non-profit organizations in the following four categories:

  • Design/Permitting of a new Marine Sewage Disposal Facility (MSDF);
  • Purchase/Installation of a new MSDF (either facility based or pumpout boat);
  • Renovation/Upgrade/Addition of Equipment to support an existing MSDF; and
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of an existing MSDF or pumpout boat program.

This year the Department has included in the funding announcement a request for projects which propose the installation of central vacuum pumpout systems which are incorporated within the dock system. This category of project proposals will be reviewed as a second tier priority and is dependent upon the availability of funding. For a copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), visit the DEP web page at www.ct.gov/deep/cva and click on "Grant Program Information" or contact Rick Huntley, Clean Vessel Act Grant Fund Program Coordinator, at (860) 424-3609 or by email at rick.huntley@ct.gov.

Proposals must be received by 4:30 P.M. on July 1, 2009 and should be submitted to DEP, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.