$1 million to help state cut sewage in small boat harbors
The state has received $1 million in federal funds to help reduce pollution and sewage in small boat harbors on Kauai and Maui, the Department of Land and Natural Resources announced yesterday.
The money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act Pump-out Grant Program will be used to design and construct pump-out improvements at Kauai's Port Allen and Maui's Maalaea Small Boat Harbor, department officials said.
Some of the money will be used to educate boaters about the importance of proper waste disposal and the consequences of improper disposal, they said.
To reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges, Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act in 1992, establishing the grant program administered by the service. The program is funded by the Sport Fish Restoration account, with revenues from excise taxes on fishing equipment, boats and motorboat fuels. Grants fund up to 75 percent of pump-out improvements.