U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources with $124,469. Lake Cumberland will benefit from a portion of the funds by purchasing a sewage pumpout boat.
“Whether it is bass fishing, grilling on the houseboat, irrigating nearby family farms, or tubing behind a ski boat, Lake Cumberland is the crown jewel of our region. This award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is important to keep the lake clean and the water healthy for all to enjoy,” said Rogers. “Clean water is vital to promote tourism and spur economic development. This funding is key to maintaining the natural beauty of the region as well as provide healthy drinking water to the communities around the lake.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announced that this funding was made available through the 2009 Clean Vessel Act Grant Program of 2009, which helps state agencies and private marinas with the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters. The grants are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and can constitute up to 75% of all approved project costs. Sewage pumpout boats make the sewage collection process more efficient and convenient and has an immediate and clear impact on the well-being of aquatic resources and recreational waterways that provide drinking water to millions of Americans. This conservation tool will benefit Lake Cumberland and the region around it.
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding for important projects in the fifth Congressional district.