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      Michigan gets $200,000 for boat waste disposal

      Michigan is receiving $200,000 from the federal government for projects that help recreational boaters with proper disposal of on-board septic waste.

      The grant is among $16.6 million for the purpose being awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act program, run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

      Since 1993, the agency has distributed funds to states for construction, replacement, renovation and maintenance of boat septic disposal facilities. The program also provides information and education about benefits and availability of pump-outs.

      The service's Midwest regional office has used Clean Vessel Act Program money for new pump-out equipment and reimbursement for materials. Some states also install floating restrooms where boaters congregate and no restrooms are available.

      Funding is generated through excise taxes on fishing tackle manufacturers, motorboats and small engines.