Clean Vessel Act Grant Program

The Clean Vessel Act of 1992 was signed November 4, 1992 (106 Stat.

5039) and codified in 33 U.S.C.

132 2. The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux Act; 16 U.S.C.

777) and established the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program to provide funding to


the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories of the United States of America (States).

Funding allows States to construct, renovate, operate, and maintain pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and to inform boaters about the use, benefits, and availability of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities.

Subsequent reauthorizations of the Act have allowed for the continuation of CVA.

Additional information about the CVA is available at: boating is a popular activity in the U. S. There are approximately 13 million registered boats in the U.S., and each year over 70 million people enjoy a host of water-based recreational opportunities, such as fishing, cruising, waterskiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Many recreational boats are equipped with on-board toilets and wastewater holding tanks, known as Marine Sanitation Devices (MSDs).

Proper disposal of recreational boat-related sewage is important in preserving and improving water quality in the country¿s vital aquatic ecosystems.

CVA provides States with Federal funding to support their ongoing efforts to improve recreational boating opportunities and provide boaters with clean, efficient facilities to prevent waste disposal into public waterways and other ecosystems.

CVA is one of the Service¿s ¿user pay, public benefit¿ grant programs.

Excise taxes paid through motorboat fuel and sport fishing equipment purchases go into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

Approximately two percent of the trust fund is available for CVA grants each fiscal year.

This year, we expect CVA to fund approximately $13 million in grants.

Each year pumpouts and dump stations funded through CVA and matched with State, local, and/or private funds have a large impact on reducing the amount of potential waste in our nation¿s waters.

This has resulted in tremendous benefits such as improved water quality for public drinking water supplies, river ecosystems, and shellfish beds, convenient service for boaters on U. S. navigable waters, and boaters who are informed of how best to dispose of vessel sewage.

Since the inception of CVA, the grant program has funded over 6,000 pumpouts and dump stations and has provided funds to help operate and maintain over 3,700 systems.

Through dedication of the States, private marinas, the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, States Organization for Boating Access, environmental groups, and the boating public, millions of gallons of sewage have been diverted from polluting U. S. waters each year.

These groups have also been instrumental in maintaining and operating the facilities in working order and providing information for the boating public regarding the importance of keeping our waters clean by using pumpout and dump stations.The program slogan is:
Keep Our Water Clean - Use Pumpouts.
Related Programs

Clean Vessel Act

Department of the Interior

Agency: Department of the Interior

Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Estimated Funding: $13,000,000

Who's Eligible

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are the Governor-designated State agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

The designated agency is often a State natural resource or fish and wildlife agency.

Coastal State – A State of the United States in, or bordering on, the Atlantic, Pacific, or Arctic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, Long Island Sound, or one or more of the Great Lakes.

The term also includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Alaska is eligible as a coastal State for the purposes of CVA.

Inland State - A State which is not a coastal State as defined above.

The District of Columbia and American Samoa are included as inland States.

American Samoa is defined as an inland State because the ratio of number of recreational vessels to number of shoreline miles is less than one.

If you would like to be a subgrantee, check with the eligible agency in your State for their deadlines and requirements to apply.

Federal law (2 CFR Part 25, Central Contractor Registry and Data Universal Numbering System) mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).

The CCR functionality was consolidated into the System for Award Management (SAM) in September 2012.

DUNS Registration Request a DUNS number online at

U.S.-based entities may also request a DUNS number by telephone by calling the Dun & Bradstreet Government Customer Response Center, Monday – Friday, 7 AM to 8 PM CST at the following numbers: U. S. and U.S Virgin Islands: 1-866-705-5711 Alaska and Puerto Rico: 1-800-234-3867 (Select Option 2, then Option 1) For Hearing Impaired Customers Only call: 1-877-807-1679 (TTY Line) Once assigned a DUNS number, entities are responsible for maintaining up-to-date information with Dun & Bradstreet.

Entity Registration in SAM Register in SAM online at

Once registered in SAM, entities must renew and revalidate their SAM registration at least every 12 months from the date previously registered.

Entities are strongly urged to revalidate their registration as often as needed to ensure that SAM is up to date and in synch with chang

Full Opportunity Web Address:

Christy Vigfusson, Fish and Wildlife Biologist - Grants, 703-358-1748Christy_Vigfusson@fws.govLisa Van Alstyne, Fish and Wildlife Administrator,

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