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Clean Vessel Act Grant Program

In 1992, the Clean Vessel Act was signed into law to reduce water pollution by prohibiting vessels from discharging raw sewage into fresh water or coastal saltwater. The act established a federal grant program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to fund sewage disposal facilities.

To date, the federal grant program has awarded nearly $246 million to help boaters properly dispose of sewage.

In Florida, the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program is housed within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Since 1994, DEP has provided grants to marinas across the state to install pumpout facilities and to purchase pumpout vessels. To further improve water quality in Florida’s waterways, DEP’s Clean Boater Program also funds educational programs for boaters through the Clean Vessel Act grant.

Apply for a Clean Vessel Act pumpout grant and learn about DEP training resources.

Florida has pumped out 43,946,957 gallons of sewage as of May 31, 2022.

That's more than 43 million gallons of sewage that did not enter Florida's waterways.



Webinar and Training Resources

For information about upcoming presentations/webinars please contact: . Clean Boating Programs Webinar Join the Clean Boating Programs' webinar to learn how to become a Florida Clean and Resilient Designated Marina and how to get grant funds for pumpout operations from the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program. The webinar is helpful for new marinas, boatyards,......Read More

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