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Pollution Prevention

Pollution Prevention > Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program

Why Use a Pumpout?

As the number of recreational boaters increase, so does the threat of serious water pollution. The potential source of that pollution is from raw boat sewage being dumped into the water. Discharging boat sewage releases disease-carrying microorganisms that contaminate our waters, decrease oxygen levels in the water (which can lead to fish kills), contaminate edible shellfish with harmful bacteria that can cause illness when eaten, and reduce the aesthetic quality and scenic enjoyment of our waters. By using boat sewage pumpouts, we can improve and protect Indiana's water quality. Keep our water clean: use pumpouts!

Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Program Information:

Program Background

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement the Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Program. The Pumpout Program provides funding to private and public marinas for the installation and restoration of boat sewage pumpouts, floating restrooms, and portable toilet dump stations, as well as the operation and maintenance of the CVA funded facilities. Pumpout stations are used to dispose of highly concentrated human waste collected aboard boats. Under this program, marinas are reimbursed up to 75% of approved CVA funded facility costs.

For more information contact:

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Pollution Prevention & Technical Assistance
100 North Senate Avenue IGCN 1225
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251

  • Toll Free: (800) 988-7901
  • E-mail: boatinggrants at idem.in.gov