For Immediate Release: 8/29/2018

Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Applications Due October 15


Adeline Yee   I   Information Officer   I   (916) 651-8725

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Grant Program. A maximum of $225,000 of federal funding per targeted region is available to organizations for educating coastal and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta boaters about proper vessel sewage disposal, the use of pumpout facilities, and to monitor pumpout stations in the identified regions. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.

In 1992, Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. The grant program established by the Act, serves as an important educational opportunity to all boaters to keep California’s water clean. Discharging sewage overboard creates environmental and human health problems. To reduce the negative impacts of discharging sewage overboard, all boaters are encouraged to use sewage management facilities, including pumpout stations, dump stations and mobile pumpout services. 

The grant program focuses on two targeted geographic regions of California:

San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary

Counties of: 



San Mateo


Contra Costa


Santa Clara



San Francisco

Santa Cruz



San Joaquin







Southern California Coast

Counties of: 

Los Angeles

San Diego

Santa Barbara


San Luis Obispo


As part of DBW’s commitment to provide clean, safe and enjoyable recreational boating in California, the division serves as the state grant coordinator. DBW will fund two grants (one for each targeted California geographic region) that will develop and implement a 12 month Clean Vessel Act Boater Education and Outreach Program for each of the two targeted geographic regions mentioned above. Each regional grant must include: 1) education and outreach and 2) monitoring. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to how each application proposal demonstrates comprehensive and proven methods for meeting grant program goals. 

Information on the grant program, as well as the current grant application, requirements and complete guidelines packet are available online or by request via email to and


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