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Maryland Receives Federal Funds For Sewage Pumpouts
Annapolis Ė The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) $641,000 in FY05 federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds to support the stateís marine sewage pumpout initiative. Utilizing both CVA funds (75%) and state Waterway Improvement Fund funds (25%), DNR provides 100% grants to marinas for the purchase, installation, and maintenance of marine sewage pumpout facilities.
Pumpouts are used to empty recreational vessel holding tanks and portable toilets. State and CVA funds have been used to install pumpouts at over 350 of Marylandís 600+ marinas. Each year, these pumpouts empty approximately two million gallons of raw sewage from boats thus helping in the effort to clean up Marylandís waters. This yearís CVA grant will be used to fund 29 pumpout installation projects, to provide operations and maintenance funding for 175 marinas, and to conduct education and outreach.
Maryland established the first pumpout program in the nation, which served as the model for other statesí CVA programs. Marylandís CVA program is also the recipient of the States Organization for Boating Access Program Excellence Award.
For further information about pumpout grants for marinas and the proper disposal of marine sewage, contact Don OíNeill at DNR at (410) 260-8772 or visit www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/pumpout.
December 12, 2005
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