State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Program funds $900,000 in new pumpout projects – Lewis-Clark Valley Community

Washington State Parks

OLYMPIA – June 8, 2021 – Keeping Washington’s waterways clean is made easier with more than $900,000 in federal pass-through grants for recreational boat dewatering projects statewide.

Awarded by the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act subsidy program (CVA), the subsidies are aimed at sewage drainage systems for recreational boaters and educational programs that inform boaters about the importance of good wastewater disposal.

“We are delighted to support the expansion and upgrade of recreational boat pump out facilities,” said Catherine Buchalski Smith, CVA Grant Program manager. “A functional network of public pump-out facilities is essential to help boaters safely and legally dispose of their wastewater on board.”

A new pump truck in the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes.

A new pump truck at the Cap Sante Marina was partially financed
by the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Program in 2020.
Photo courtesy of the Port of Anacortes, 2021.

The new projects will also help recreational craft to meet the Puget Sound No discharge zone law, which has been in effect since 10 May 2018.

Grant recipients offer a 25% match and contribute more than $500,000.

Grant projects awarded:

  • City of Seattle, Leschi Marina — $237,300 to install a dockside stationary pump.
  • Deer Harbor Marina, Orcas Island – $13,955 to replace the port idle pump.
  • Ice Harbor Marina, Burbank – $23,250 to replace existing pump boat motors.
  • Narrows Marina, Tacoma – $10,000 for five years of annual pump and maintenance costs.
  • Pierce County – $89,425 for two years per year operation of the pump out boat and maintenance costs.
  • Bellingham Harbour, Squalicum Harbor – $18,380 to replace two dockside pumpout carts.
  • Port of Friday Port – $108,650 to install new eco-barge and plumbing upgrades.
  • Port of Lopez – $109,440 for two years of annual pump operating and maintenance costs and partial financing for boat inflation upgrades.
  • Port of Poulsbo – $145,000 to install new floating toilet.
  • Roche Harbor Marina – $48,750 to buy a new pumpout boat.
  • Shelton Yacht Club – $104,235 to upgrade the pump system drain and recovery tank.

In addition to funding pumpout projects, the CVA grant program funds the annual operation and maintenance of more than 100 pumping and dumping station facilities in the state. Last year, more than $480,000 in grant money went toward operating expenses.

To find pumping and dump stations in the state, boaters can visit, or download the free Pumpout Nav App in the Apple Store or Google Play.

Learn more about the CVA subsidy program.

About the Washington State Clean Vessel Act Grant Program Vessel
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Clean Vessel Act (CVA) subsidy program. Federal grant is awarded to the Washington CVA Grant Program by the US Fish and Wildlife Service through a national competitive process for all 50 states and US territories. The CVA grant program also provides funding for: pumping Washington, a public outreach program administered by Washington Sea Grant. For more information about the stroke program, contact Catherine Buchalski Smith, (360) 902-8659.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreational opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a wide variety of natural, cultural and historical resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety, and winter recreation.


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