Texas has received almost a half-million dollars in grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Clean Vessel Act program.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will use a coastal grant of $240,000 and an inland grant of $225,000 to improve a variety of infrastructure, including enhancing pump outs throughout the state by installing seven coastal and nine inland pump out facilities, according to a news release. The department also will provide maintenance funds to keep existing pump outs operational and continue its boater education program by developing and distributing educational materials related to the program and conducting workshops throughout Texas.
A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under the program parameters. Since the first awards were made in 1993, the Service has awarded more than $200 million to states to fund construction, replacement, renovation and maintenance of facilities that assist recreational boaters in properly disposing of on-board septic waste.
Funds for the CVA program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is maintained through the collection of fishing tackle manufacturer excise taxes and boat and fishing import duties, as well as motorboat and small engine fuel taxes.