Grants Available for RI Pump-Out Facilities

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is accepting grant proposals for mobile pump-out vessel services for recreational boats in designated areas on Long Island Sound for the 2015 boating season.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced $300,000 in available grants to communities and private businesses that own and/or operate boating facilities available to the public.

The grants, funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act (CVA), support construction and maintenance of marine and land-based pump-out facilities to assist boaters with properly disposing of sewage. Since 1994, DEM has awarded nearly $2 million in CVA grants.

There are currently 16 pump-out boats and 54 land-side facilities across the state; more are needed to adequately meet the demand. Some 40,000 boats are registered in Rhode Island, and the state welcomes many visiting boats each year.

Marinas, yacht clubs, and municipalities are eligible to apply for funding; projects to construct, replace, retrofit or maintain pump-out facilities will be considered. Up to $18,750 is available for land-based projects, and up to $56,250 is available for pump-out boat facilities. A 25-percent funding match is required. All facilities that receive CVA grants must be open to the public; the fee for pumping can be no more than $5 per 25 gallons pumped.