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Clean Vessel Act Grant Program Targets California Boaters with Education and Outreach

SACRAMENTO California boaters have a opportunity to learn about proper vessel sewage disposal thanks to the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Program. Administered by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the program provides funding for organizations to educate coastal and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta boaters about responsible sewage management practices.

The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) is a federal law enacted in 1992 to combat water pollution caused by untreated sewage discharge from recreational vessels. The grant program, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, supports two key initiatives:

  • Education and Outreach: Grants awarded through this program enable organizations to develop and deliver educational programs for boaters. These programs raise awareness about the environmental impact of improper sewage disposal and promote the use of pumpout facilities and dump stations.
  • Pumpout/Dump Station Monitoring: The program also supports the monitoring of pumpout and dump stations to ensure their functionality and accessibility. This ensures that boaters have access to the resources necessary to dispose of sewage responsibly.

California’s boaters stand to gain significantly from this program. By participating in educational programs, boaters can learn about:

  • The negative environmental consequences of sewage discharge on waterways and marine ecosystems.
  • The proper use and location of pumpout facilities and dump stations.
  • Regulations regarding sewage disposal in California waters.

This knowledge empowers boaters to become responsible stewards of the marine environment. By utilizing pumpout facilities, boaters can help protect the health of waterways and ensure a more enjoyable boating experience for everyone.

The DBW is currently accepting applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Program. Organizations interested in applying for funding must submit proposals that outline comprehensive and proven methods for achieving the program’s goals. The program prioritizes initiatives targeting the following geographic regions:

  • San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary: This region encompasses San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
  • Southern California Coastal Counties: This region includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Luis Obispo counties.

Proposals that focus on a portion of these regions but demonstrate a plan for future expansion may also be considered.

Submission Information:

The deadline to submit applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Program is 10 a.m. Aug. 9. Organizations can submit applications in two ways:

  • Hard Copies: Mail hard copies to the following address:

California State Parks

Division of Boating and Waterways

Clean Vessel Education and Outreach Grant Program

Attn: Ethan Tratner

P.O. Box 942896

Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

  • Email: Submit electronic applications to the following email addresses:

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