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.
Florida has pumped out 44,642,403 gallons of sewage from vessels as of August 16, 2022.
That's more than 44 million gallons of sewage that did not enter Florida's waterways.
Important New Requirements for Federal Grant Funds
The Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) was enacted on November 15, 2021, as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Public Law 117-58. With the passage of the IIJA, Federal financial assistance projects for infrastructure must comply with domestic content procurement preference requirements established in the “Build America, By America Act” at Section 70911 et seq. (“Buy America”).
The BABA Act requires all federal agencies to ensure that no financial assistance funding is provided for infrastructure projects unless all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States.
The Department of Environmental Protection administers the Clean Vessel Act (CVA), a federally funded grant program. Applicants applying for these funds must ensure their equipment and construction materials were purchased in America.
This rule became effective May 14, 2022. The CVA Program received a six-month waiver on July 12, 2022, which expires on January 12, 2023. By January 12, 2023, the CVA Program must comply with section 70914 of the Act, including the incorporation of a Buy America Preference in the terms and conditions of infrastructure projects. The Act requires the following Buy America Preference:
All iron and steel used in the project are produced in the United States. This means all manufacturing processes, from the initial melting stage through the application of coatings, occurred in the United States.
All manufactured products used in the project are produced in the United States. This means the manufactured product was manufactured in the United States. The cost of the components of the manufactured product that are mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States is greater than 55 percent of the total cost of all components of the manufactured product, unless another standard for determining the established under applicable law and regulation.
All construction materials are manufactured in the United States. All manufacturing processes for the construction material occurred in the United States.
This applies to all Federal financial assistance where funds are appropriated or otherwise made available and used for infrastructure projects. For more detail on Build America Buy America please review this presentation. Also, you print this quick fact sheet for BABA.
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