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Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
Clean Vessel Act Grant Program

​​​​Cherry Creek State Park Marina


​The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program offers funding for marina services at large boating reservoirs. Many of the marina concessionaires in Colorado need financial assistance to replace existing pump-out stations, which allow boaters to dispose of their waste in the same way someone with a recreational vehicle can utilize a dump station. Without these services, there is an increased risk that boaters may dispose of their waste in Colorado’s waterways and harm aquatic wildlife.

Eligible applicants can apply and compete for federal financial assistance for specific projects. Applicants must match their Clean Vessel Act award with non-federal cash or volunteer (in-kind) services and/or equipment use. ​ 

The following are general requirements of all projects:

  • The project will improve, replace, or provide pump-out station amenities at a body of water used by motorized boats.
  • The proposed improvements will be substantial in nature.
  • The public access to the motorboat resource is assured.
  • The project is determined to be a cost-effective investment. 
  • Fees charged for pump-out use at the reservoir are, and will remain, reasonable.
  • The features will be maintained for the life of the project. For motorboat recreation purposes, this is normally considered to be 10 years.
  • Please note that angler use of the body of water is not required, but preferred.​

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How to ​Apply​​​

For more detailed information please review the CVA Grant Guidelines document.​ CPW will accept applications on a rolling basis for this competitive Federal Aid program. Please contact the Grants Unit to obtain an application.