|Clean Vessel Act
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.
CVA Application Info
Clean Marina Programs
|Quarterly Pumpout Report
March 5, 2015
Gallons of sewage have been prevented from contaminating Floridas waterways by
Clean Vessel Act pumpout facilities.
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
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
participating marina so you can plan a
fun day for your family and friends.
With help through the Federal CVA pumpout
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.
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
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
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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