Clean Vessel Act Grants Program requesting proposals

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting grant proposals for mobile pumpout vessel services for recreational boats in designated areas on Long Island Sound for the 2015 boating season. In order to be considered, pumpout vessels must run every day or at a minimum provide services on weekends and holidays and at least one weekday during the recreational boating season from April 15, to Nov. 1. The deadline for grant applications is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program helps keep coastal waters clean and safe for recreation by safely disposing of millions of gallons of boaters’ sewage annually. Funding for this program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels. Up to 75 percent 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.

Grants may be made to any private or commercial marine facilities, yacht clubs, boat yards, private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments and tribal governments. Grant amounts vary, but are limited to a maximum federal grant award of $45,000 per pumpout vessel.

DEEP is accepting proposals to operate pumpout vessel services in the following priority areas during the 2015 boating season:

Southport Harbor and Ash Creek, Fairfield

Clinton Harbor, Clinton

Lower Thames River (Groton, New London)

Mystic River and Noank (Groton Long Point, Noank, Groton and Stonington)

East and West Harbors, Fisher’s Island, NY

“The continued success of pumpout programs for boaters significantly improves the water quality of Long Island Sound, increasing the quality of swimming, fishing and other recreational opportunities in Connecticut,” said DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee. “This latest round of grant funding will allow us to ensure that recreational boaters have options to keep our waters clean – as well as to provide financial assistance to municipalities, small marine businesses and non-profit organizations along our shoreline.”

For application materials, visit the DEEP web page at www.ct.gov/deep/cva and select “Grant Program Information” or contact Kate Hughes Brown, BIG/CVA Program Coordinator, at 860-447-4340 or by email at [email protected]

Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 and should be submitted to DEEP, Navigation and Boating Infrastructure Unit, Boating Division, P.O. Box 280, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

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