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Clean Vessel Act Logo The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) of 1992 was signed into law to reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges, prohibiting the discharge of raw sewage into fresh water or within coastal salt-water limits. The act established a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which to date has awarded nearly $150 million for states to install thousands of sewage pumpout stations. The program, housed within DEPs Office of Sustainable Initiatives, provides grants for construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and purchase of pumpout boats and educational programs for boaters.

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Clean Marina Programs
Quarterly Pumpout Report Spotlight

March 5, 2015

17,595,908

Gallons of sewage have been prevented from contaminating Floridas waterways by Clean Vessel Act pumpout facilities. Pumpout Information


Upcoming Events

National Marina Day, Saturday, June 13, 2015

Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day is a nationwide boating event dedicated to grow boating participation across North America.

The Florida Clean Marina Program encourages you to join other marinas throughout the state to showcase your facility to your community and to your Florida and visiting boaters. View the National Marina Day website for more information and to learn  how to order your resource kit.  

Register for National Marina Day or find a participating marina so you can plan a fun day for your family and friends.

With help through the Federal CVA pumpout grant program, Marathon Marina and Boatyard in the Florida Keys is happy to announce it has completed the installation and renovation of its pumpout system. The importance of a properly operating system is paramount in the Keys, with a fragile coral reef just a few miles from our marina. We at the marina often hear stories from boaters expressing concerns about antiquated pumpout systems that barely work or don't work at all.

Marathon Marina and RV ResortMarathon Marina offers dockside pumpouts as well as at the fuel dock. We try to make it very convenient for transient boaters and locals with heads on their boats to get a pumpout. These people keep their boats behind their homes in a canal and have no way to pumpout other than using a nearby marina.

We can accept up to 130-foot vessels and have designed the system to accommodate them. Pumpouts are available seven days a week during business hours at the marina fuel dock.

Don't be intimidated by writing a grant! The folks in Tallahassee walk you through the whole process from start to finish. Everyone I worked with was eager to help, and made the entire process a pleasure.

The environmental impact of Clean Vessel Act program is clearly visible in the Keys. The local waterways are cleaner and a pleasure to boat on.

Please take advantage of the CVA grant opportunity. Your marina can make a difference in keeping our waterways clean and safe. – Dennis Carey, Marina Manager

Last updated: July 29, 2015

  Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Clean Marina Program, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd. MS #30, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax) 
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