GRANTS AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE SEWAGE DISPOSAL |
AT MARINAS AND BOATING FACILITIES
COLUMBUS, OH - In its continued effort to improve the quality of
Ohio's waterways, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is
accepting grant applications for construction and placement of sanitary
pump-out facilities and dump stations serving recreational boaters. Deadline
for submitting applications is October 1.
"Ohio's emphasis is to work with public and privately owned marine
facilities to allow for proper sewage disposal by recreational boaters,"
said Dave Roseler, who administers the Clean Vessel Act grant program for
the ODNR Division of Watercraft.
Clean Vessel Act funds are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and will pay 100 percent of approved construction and renovations of
sanitary marine pump-out and dump stations that are open to the public.
Funding is available to both public and private marinas and other
recreational boating facilities.
A total of $962,000 in grants have been awarded to 90 successful
marina applicants in Ohio since the program's inception in 1999. Half of
these projects have been completed, while another 30 are expected to be
completed by the end of this year. Among the total of completed and ongoing
projects, 59 are located on Lake Erie, 12 on the Ohio River, six within the
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, two on the Muskingum River and one
on the Sandusky River.