State health depart­ment gets fund­ing to as­sist mari­nas

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

The Arkansas Depart­ment of Health has re­ceived $867,454 to dis­trib­ute to mari­nas and other busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in rivers for up­dated equip­ment, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the of­fice of U.S. In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke.

The depart­ment re­ceives Clean Ves­sel Act grant money ev­ery year, state Health Depart­ment spokesman Meg Mirivel said. The fis­cal 2018 award is up about $237,000 from last year but still lower than the 2015 and 2016 amounts, which topped $1 mil­lion.

The funds will be used for boats to pump sewage at a Swaha Lodge and Ma­rina on Lake Gree­son and Jen­nings En­ter­prises Su­gar­loaf Har­bor Ma­rina on Bull Shoals Lake, Mirivel said. Ad­di­tional funds will be used for float­ing re­strooms, marine sewage pumps, pipes for marine sewage and plumb­ing on docks that sends boater sewage ashore.

Zinke’s of­fice an­nounced about $15.4 mil­lion in Clean Ves­sel Act grants na­tion­wide.

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