- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing a $356,000 grant to Maine under the Clean Vessel Act.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection plans to use money to install or upgrade pump-out stations and to subsidize pump-out vessels and facilities.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin says the grants will help to keep Maine’s coastal waters “crystal clear” for Mainers and visitors alike.

The program encourages boaters to remove waste for proper disposal instead of dumping at sea. All told, the Maine DEP has received nearly $4.4 million in grant funds through the program since 2000.

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