June 11, 2009

Rhode Island to Receive Nearly $450,000 to Keep Waters Clean

Washington, D.C. – Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation today announced $448,000 in federal funding for Rhode Island to help keep our waterways clean by preventing contamination from sewage. The funds will be used to install, replace, or renovate fifteen sewage pumpout stations around the state, and purchase a sewage pumpout boat to ensure Rhode Island boaters have easy access to proper waste management facilities.

“This federal funding will help conserve Rhode Island’s coastal waters so that our families, fishermen, and visitors can continue to enjoy the state’s natural resources,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees spending for this federal program. “Keeping our waterways clean protects public health and is vital to the Ocean State’s economy, environment, and heritage.”

“This summer and every summer, a healthy marine ecosystem is critical for our Ocean State,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “More marine pumpout stations will help keep our waters clean and make it easier for Rhode Island boaters to comply with discharge regulations.”

“Rhode Island’s water quality is critical to both the state’s environment and its economy. The installation of these sewage pumpout stations will create jobs in the short term and strengthen Rhode Island’s economic competiveness for years to come,” said Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

“With thousands of people taking advantage of Narragansett Bay and its surrounding waterways for fun this summer, including boating, fishing and swimming, this funding will go a long way to preserving our greatest natural resource,” said Congressman Jim Langevin.

The funds will be made available through the Clean Vessel Act, which provides grants to build and maintain pumpout stations throughout the country. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, proper disposal of sewage can prevent the spread of disease, shellfish bed contamination, and decreased oxygen levels in water.


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