September 28, 2017
CT Green Guide

DEEP awards $1M in boat sewage grants

A state program that pays to pump boat sewage from vessels on Long Island Sound and Connecticut's biggest lake has awarded just shy of $1 million in funding to 43 marine facilities.

On Wednesday, DEEP said it had awarded $997,000 in grants under its Clean Vessel Act program. Of the 43 recipients, four will build new or replacement boater pumpout stations. The remaining recipients will use the money to maintain and operate existing facilities.

"With the support of Connecticut boaters and pumpout facility operators, we continue to exceed our previous volume of waste removal under this program," Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee said in a statement. "With all of Long Island Sound designated a 'no discharge zone,' the goal is to keep building on this successful program to keep our waters clean and healthy, and to continue providing excellent water-based recreational opportunities in Connecticut."

In March, DEEP disclosed that pumpout facilities on the sound and on Candlewood Lake had pumped 1.28 million gallons of sewage, up from 620,000 gallons in 2010.

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