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Clean Vessel Act Logo The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) of 1992 was signed into law to reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges, prohibiting the discharge of raw sewage into fresh water or within coastal salt-water limits. The act established a federal grant program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which to date has awarded nearly $150 million for states to install thousands of sewage pumpout stations. The program, housed within DEPs Office of Sustainable Initiatives, provides grants for construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and purchase of pumpout boats and educational programs for boaters.

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CVA Application Info
Clean Marina Programs
Quarterly Pumpout Report Spotlight

February 2014


Gallons of sewage have been prevented from contaminating Floridas waterways by Clean Vessel Act pumpout facilities. Pumpout Information

Upcoming Events

Clean & Resilient Marina
February 25, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
Clean Boating Partnership
February 25-26, 2014
2/25 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
2/26 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
UF/IFAS Extension
Pinellas County
1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702 


  • Libby Carnahan, Sea Grant Agent, (727)-453-6522
  • Brenda Leonard, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, (850)-245-2847

Testimonial from current CVA pumpout grant recipient:

Collage of Fernandina Harbor Marina imagesFernandina Harbor Marina in historic downtown Fernandina Beach applied for and received a grant from the Clean Vessel Act Program to replace its aging pumpout with two new pumpout systems to service both local and visiting vessels.

Fernandina Harbor Marina was designated as a Florida Clean Marina in 2011. It’s the first stop in Florida for those mariners heading south, and the final marina in Florida for those heading north. “We understand the importance of providing this valuable service to our customers,” said marina manager Joe Springer. “The Clean Vessel Act Program allows us to help protect one of Florida’s greatest assets - its waterways”.

“The grant process was easy to understand,” said Cheryl Nichols, grants administrator. “The CVA staff was very helpful, and provided information and guidance from the start of the application process throughout the entire close out of the contract.”

Last updated: March 11, 2014

  Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Clean Marina Program, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd. MS #30, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax) 
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