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GLIN==> USFWS Announces $10 Million to States for Clean Vessel Act Grant Program- Five Great Lakes States



Richard Greenwood
    USFWS Liaison to USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
    Team Leader Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 West Jackson Blvd. (G-17J)
Chicago, IL 60604
Ph:  312-886-3853  Fax:  312-353-2018
Email:  rich_greenwood@fws.gov or greenwood.richard@epa.gov
http://greatlakes.fws.gov/

----- Forwarded by Rich Greenwood/R3/FWS/DOI on 06/10/03 08:30 AM -----


Contacts: Nicholas Throckmorton,
202/208-5636


  DIRECTOR WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION TO STATES FOR CLEAN VESSEL ACT
                               GRANT PROGRAM

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams announced today $10
million in Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Program grants from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to 27 states.  Participating states will use these grant
funds to construct, develop and maintain sewage pumpout facilities for
recreational boaters and for programs that educate boaters about the
importance of properly disposing of their sewage.

"This is an important program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that
is helping America's boaters keep our waterways clean," said Williams.

This is the ninth year of awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
Clean Vessel Act Grant Program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has now
awarded $90 million to states through this program since Congress
authorized the program in 1992.  The current fiscal year is the last year
of the program's current authorization. The program will reimburse states
for up to 75 percent of the project costs.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received 38 proposals from 27 States
requesting $15.9 million in funding this fiscal year.  All of the proposals
were reviewed and ranked by representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The reviewers recommended funding
all of the proposals, although available funds required that eight receive
less than the amounts requested.

The following is a summary of grant awards (note: not all descriptions
include money for projects such as maintaining current facilities and
outreach activities):


Indiana: Inland areas - Indiana Department of Environmental Management
$179,715. Program funds will be used to develop pumpout facilities at Lake
James, Lake Freeman, and Lake Shafer and one facility on the Ohio River.
The state also plans to purchase one pumpout boat for use on the Ohio
River.

Michigan: Coastal areas -  Michigan Department of Natural Resources
$60,000.  The state plans to issue grants to local governments and private
marina operators for the development of pumpout facilities.  These
facilities will be located along the shoreline of the Great Lakes.

Minnesota: Inland areas - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
$40,000.  The state plans to construct pumpout facilities on the St. Croix
River in Washington County, on the Mississippi River in Winona County, and
at Leech Lake.

New York: Coastal areas - New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation  $340,750. Program funds are planned to be used to develop 12
new pumpout/dump stations.  Inland areas - New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation $110,150. Program funds will be used to develop
4 new pumpout/dump stations.

Ohio: Coastal areas - Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of
Watercraft $158,000. The state plans to develop pumpout stations at 8
locations along Lake Erie's coastline. Inland areas -  Ohio Department of
Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft $201,000.  Program funds will be
used to develop pumpout stations at 6 locations including Atwood Lake,
Seneca Lake, and on the Ohio River.




The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System, which encompasses 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small
wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national
fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services
field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the
Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores
nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat
such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation
efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program, which distributes
hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting
equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


                                   -fws-


      For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
                 visit our homepage at http://www.fws.gov












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