Pumpout O&M grant program now open

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Aerial view of Somers Cove Marina

Pumpout O&M grant program now open

March 18, 2021

Applications from marinas accepted until April 15th

Photo by Stephen Badger / Maryland DNR

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications from marinas for grants of up to $ 2,500 for operations and maintenance Sewage pumping stations. Applications are possible from now until April 15th.

Pumpout stations provide boaters with a convenient way to dispose of their wastewater, preventing it from entering Maryland’s waters. The department supports their installation and operation as part of the overall nutrient reduction strategy in the Chesapeake Bay.

Once approved, marinas should keep records of eligible expenses for the operation and maintenance of their pumping station, keep pumping logs, and track any income from fees charged. At the end of the 2021 boating season, qualified marinas will be able to apply for reimbursement to the department.

The Pumpout Operations and Maintenance Grant program is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Clean Vessel Act with grant funding from Maryland Fund for the improvement of the waterway. Boaters pay into both funds through federal excise duties on fishing gear, motorboat and small engine fuels, and import duties. and the state excise tax on boat titles.

Forms and information, including how to register online, can be found on the Department website. Anyone with questions can email Celeste Anderson, Program Administrator for the Clean Vessel Act celeste.anderson@maryland.gov.