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and Boat Facilities to Install or Upgrade Pumpout Stations

Clean Vessel Act Grant

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Grants to Vermont government and privately owned marinas, shipyards, and boatyards and state and local government organizations to construct, operate, renovate, and maintain pumpout stations for recreational vessels. Applicants must contact program staff prior to starting an application. Funding is intended for boating facilities that seek to install a new pumpout station or significantly improve an existing pumpout station and make it available to all boaters.

Eligible Projects: 

  • Construction, renovation, operation, or maintenance of pumpout stations, pumpout boats, and dump stations used by boaters.
  • Projects that hold and transport boater sewage to sewage treatment plants, such as holding tanks, piping, or hauling and disposal fees.

There are several different systems and the department recommends contacting a pumpout vendor to find out which pumpout is best for your business.

Under the Clean Vessel Act program, marinas are only allowed to charge $5 or less per pump if they receive Clean Vessel Act funds. Free pumpouts are strongly encouraged. Many marinas allow for free pumpouts with the fill-up of fuel or purchase of other services provided by the marina. Marinas can request to be reimbursed for 75 percent of their disposal fees in lieu of charging boaters for pumping fees. More information on reimbursements can be obtained by contacting the department.

Benefits of the Clean Vessel Act: 

  • State and federal law prohibits boats from discharging treated or untreated sewage into public waters. Therefore, boaters must dispose of their waste at a marina. Marinas with these facilities offer superior service and greater convenience to boaters than marinas without pumpout facilities.
  • Water quality of the lake and the area surrounding a given marina can become seriously degraded by the disposal of raw sewage. Having a pumpout station leads to cleaner water and a more attractive marina.
  • Federal funds from the Clean Vessel Act can help a marina cover up to 75 percent of their costs when building or upgrading a pumpout facility, including service docks, pumpout equipment, holding tanks, hoses, permitting and engineering, etc.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170463

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public or private marina, boatyard, shipyard, or state, county or municipal organization wishing to install or significantly upgrade their pumpout station and make it available to all boaters may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications can be submitted at any time. However, the application deadline is August 15 or the following Monday if the 15th is a Saturday or Sunday. At this time all applications submitted throughout the year are reviewed, scored, and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, typically by the end of the calendar year.

All applicants must call the Department prior to starting an application to ensure project eligibility and obtain the most up-to-date information on funding and the application process.

Approved projects are given funding for up to 75 percent of the total cost of the project. The remaining funds must come from the grant recipient.

The Department is generally notified by January of grant awards, and will in turn notify all applicants of their status.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please call the department at (802) 828-1000 prior to starting an application.

For more information about the application process, email:
Mike Wichrowski

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