- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Department of Fish and Game
- Division of Marine Fisheries
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.2 Million for Projects to Improve Marine Water Quality
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the awarding of more than $1.2 million in federal grant funds to 92 coastal municipalities and marinas for boat pumpout stations to reduce sewage discharge from recreational vessels and preserve marine water quality and habitats.
“These pumpout projects all along our coast will make it easy and convenient for people who enjoy fishing and boating in Massachusetts’ coastal waters to help us keep those waters clean,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through this collaborative effort with the federal government and our coastal communities, we are working to protect our important marine resources for generations to come.”
“These funds will greatly strengthen municipal and private efforts to keep the Commonwealth’s coastal waters pristine,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Installing pumpout facilities provides a needed service to boaters while protecting public health and our marine ecosystems.”
This $1,230,878 in new grant funds is administered by Massachusetts’ Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) through the Clean Vessel Act (CVA). The CVA program is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sportfish Restoration Program and reimburses states up to 75 percent of the purchase, operation and maintenance of pumpout equipment. This includes pumpout boats, shoreside pump stations and floating restrooms.
“Improving water quality across the Commonwealth is a priority for the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “This commitment is shared by Massachusetts’ coastal communities and marinas that work with us on this issue and have made the Clean Vessel Act program incredibly successful in protecting Massachusetts’ coastal water quality.”
Since the CVA program’s inception in 1994, Massachusetts’ harbors have put more pumpout boats in service than any other state. This extensive coverage, coupled with the many shoreside pumpout stations placed in service, provide the infrastructure needed to achieve and maintain the No Discharge Zone (NDZ) designation in all of the Commonwealth’s coastal waters.
“Coastal waters are in special need of protection for the benefit of our fish and wildlife resources and the hundreds of thousands of anglers, boaters and others who enjoy recreation in Massachusetts’ marine waters,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson. “The Clean Vessel Act project is critical to the Commonwealth’s 100 percent No Discharge Zone for the entire Massachusetts coast.”
“Protecting Massachusetts waters is a great benefit of the Clean Vessel Act program for the Commonwealth. CVA helps the Division in its commitment to balance our living marine resources with our coastal culture through innovation, collaboration, and leadership,” said DMF Director David Pierce. “It makes sense as an agency to collaborate with committed coastal communities and marinas, to keep Massachusetts waters clean for its citizens and marine species.”
“Our marine environment is precious, and we must explore every available avenue to address its viability and sustainability,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Funding through this grant program makes possible the kind of practical investments in pumpout facilities that make a real difference every day in keeping our waters clean so that we can all benefit from this.”
“Maintaining the quality of our coastal waters is of paramount importance to the maritime economy in communities like Bourne, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Sandwich,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “The investment in these communities by the Baker-Polito Administration will help to preserve both the beauty of our coastlines and the industries that depend on them.”
“By receiving this grant through the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea will have the ability to continue to maintain its waterways so that it’s many fishermen and boaters can carry on utilizing and enjoying the clean water made possible by the Massachusetts Clean Vessel Act program,” said State Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich).
“These grants will help keep harbors on the Outer and Lower Cape clean,” said State Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown). “This is important in order to continue to thrive in recreation uses, fishing, and shellfishing. I’m grateful to the department for awarding these grants to my communities.”
“These are funds that have a direct positive impact on water quality and our enjoyment of our coastal resources, and I want to commend the Department of Fish and Game for their work in making sure that so many marinas throughout the state will benefit from participation in this program,” said State Representative Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett).
During this round of grants, DMF awarded funds to 92 municipalities, non-profits and marinas. The full list of grant projects is available on the Division of Marine Fisheries website.