In 1992, Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. The grant program established by the Act funds the construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations for use by recreational boaters.

As part of its commitment to provide clean, safe and enjoyable recreational boating in California, the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) serves as the grant coordinator for the state. The Clean Vessel Program also provides boater education programs to promote public awareness about boat sewage and its proper disposal.


ProgramProjectGranteeFunding YearGrant Amount
Floating Restrooms Pine Flat Lake  US Army Corps of Engineers 2020 $176,222
Floating Restrooms Castaic Lake  County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation 2020 $176,222
Floating Restrooms Lake Kaweah US Army Corps of Engineers 2020 $352,444
Floating Restrooms Lake Almador Jackson Valley Irrigation District 2020 $176,222
Pumpout Installation Redondo Beach  City of Redondo Beach 2020 $143,881
Pumpout Installation Riverbank Marina Riverbank Marina LLC 2020 $27,561
Pumpout Installation Morro Bay Yacht Club Morro Bay Yacht Club 2021 $11,758
Pumpout Operation and Maintenance Monterey Bay Boatworks Monterey Bay Boatworks 2021 $8,578
CVA Education and Outreach Northern California The Bay Foundation 2021 $309,473
CVA Education and Outreach Southern California Association of Bay Area Governments 2021 $315,000

Education and Outreach

Grants available to any organization for educating boaters about proper sewage disposal, the use of pumpout facilities and for pumpout monitoring efforts.

Floating Restrooms

This grant program funds the development, construction, deployment, and operation and maintenance of floating restrooms.

Pumpout/Dump Station Installation

This grant program funds the placement of vessel pumpout stations.

Operation and Maintenance for Sewage Management Equipment

This grant program funds the eligible costs of pumpout parts and labor to maintain an existing pumpout.