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DNR Receives Federal Award for Boat Pumpout Stations

man pumping out boatThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) more than $757,000 for the installation and maintenance of marine sewage pumpout stations throughout Maryland. DNR will also use the funding to support pumpout boats operated by the City of Annapolis and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. 

DNR administers a marine sewage grant program that provides funding to marinas to purchase and install pumpouts. These pumpouts, which allow boaters to properly dispose of sewage, removed an estimated two million gallons of sewage from vessels last year alone. The grants, comprised of 75 percent federal funds and 25 percent State Waterway Improvement Funds, have created approximately 350 pumpout stations throughout Maryland.

Maryland law requires any marina with 50 or more slips, as well as any new or expanding marina, to have a pumpout station. The award will enable the State to continue funding pumpouts at marinas as well as providing grants for operations and maintenance. Marina operators, including boatyards, yacht clubs, or community associations, interested in obtaining a grant or locating a station can learn more at  Boaters are reminded that it is illegal to discharge raw sewage anywhere in Maryland waters.

Pumpout Station Sign

Pumpout Station Sign

Maryland’s award was part of more than $14 million in Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grants that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded nationwide. The CVA program uses funds provided by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund to support the user-pay, public-benefit cycle that has led to the successes of the Sport Fish Restoration programs. These funds are derived through the collection of fishing tackle, manufacturer excise taxes, boat and fishing import duties, as well as motorboat and small engine fuel taxes.  States apply for CVA funding and they or their partners provide matching funds to complete projects. Sub-grantees often include local municipalities and private marinas. Learn more at