New RI Grants to Fund Pump-Out Facilities

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has awarded $48,430 in matching grants to help communities and businesses invest in boat pump-out facilities across the state. The grants are funded under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act (CVA) and support four projects in three Rhode Island communities.

The 2020 grant recipients are:

Harbor Lights Marina – $13,124 (Warwick Cove/Greenwich Bay, Warwick)
Replace an existing pump and fixed-based pump-out station

Town of Bristol – $10,627) (Bristol Harbor, Bristol)
Replace an existing pump and fixed-based pump-out station

Barrington Yacht Club – $12,000 (Barrington River, Barrington)
Replace an existing pump and fixed-based pump-out station

Warwick Cove Marina – $12,679 (Warwick Cove/Greenwich Bay, Warwick)
Replace an existing pump and fixed-based pump-out station

In addition to these four projects, DEM announces that additional funds are now available to marinas, municipalities and others for projects supporting the CVA program. A request for proposals (RFP) is available on DEM’s website at www.dem.ri.gov/nodischarge.

Applications must be submitted to DEM’s Office of Water Resources by 4:00 pm on July 17, 2020.

The grants require a 25-percent funding match and funded facilities must be available to all boaters. Grant recipients may not charge more than $5 per 25 gallons pumped.

There are currently 17 pump-out boats and 49 landside facilities located at 66 locations across Narragansett Bay and coastal waters. Many existing facilities require repair and upgrades as they have exceeded their useful life expectancy since initial construction. All pump-out facilities must be kept fully operational to adequately meet the demand. Some 40,000 boats are registered in Rhode Island, and the state welcomes many thousands more visiting boats each year. Last year, a total volume of over 600,000 gallons of sewage was pumped out at these locations and diverted from directly entering Rhode Island’s coastal waters. Visit DEM’s website for a map of marine pump-out facilities in Rhode Island.