The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announces that it is now accepting applications from public and private marinas, yacht clubs and municipalities to construct, replace, retrofit and maintain marine pump-out boats and land-based pump-out facilities.
Up to $18,750 is available for each land-based facility grant, and up to $56,250 is available for each pump-out boat. Each type requires a 25% match. A total of $200,000 in US Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds provided to DEM is available to be awarded through this grant round.
There are currently 16 pump-out boats and 47 land-side facilities available to boaters in Rhode Island waters. However, additional facilities are needed to serve the boats that use Rhode Island waters each year, including the approximately 40,000 registered in Rhode Island. Applications for the current round of funding are available on DEM’s website, www.dem.ri.gov, by clicking on “Topics”, then “Sewage Treatment”, then “Marine Pump-outs”.
DEM expects to announce selected projects and begin issuing grant agreements by May 23.
For further information, contact Joseph Migliore in DEM’s Office of Water Resources at 222-3961 ext. 7258 or via e-mail at email@example.com.