THE ABANDONED WATERCRAFT AND ABATEMENT FUND (AWAF) GRANT
IS NOW PART OF THE NEW
SURRENDERED AND ABANDONED VESSEL EXCHANGE (SAVE)

Effective as of January 1, 2016, only the SAVE will be offered to local public agencies interested in receiving an AWAF and/or a Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) grant. The AWAF and VTIP grants will not be offered separately. Applicants are expected to provide both AWAF and VTIP services through acceptance of a SAVE grant.

The SAVE program combines the AWAF and the VTIP grants into one, allowing local public agencies the convenience of only one grant to apply for and to manage, and the flexibility to use the funds for both purposes.

In October of 1997, Senate Bill 172 (Rainey) created the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF). It provides funds to public agencies to remove, store, and dispose of abandoned, wrecked, or dismantled vessels or any other partially submerged objects which pose a substantial hazard to navigation, from navigable waterways or adjacent public property, or private property with the landowner's consent.

As part of its commitment to provide clean, safe and enjoyable recreational boating on California's waterways, the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) administers this statewide program. It allows public local agencies to apply for funding and upon approval, enter into a contract grant agreement with DBW.

ABOUT THE AWAF AND VTIP GRANTS

The AWAF and VTIP are grant programs designed to remove, reduce and prevent abandoned recreational vessels and various marine debris. Administered by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), grants are awarded annually to qualified local public agencies statewide. The AWAF and VTIP, enacted in 1998 and 2010 respectively, have provided millions of dollars in grants, and have enabled the removal of thousands of vessels and other marine debris.

WHEN TO APPLY
Grant applications for the SAVE for Fiscal Year 2016/17 will be accepted through DBW's new online grant application (system), "OLGA," beginning February 1, 2016 and will close on April 30, 2016 at 5:00pm PST. It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.

HOW TO APPLY
To introduce new users to OLGA, an instructional aid is available via the link under "Quick Hits" on the left of this page (second link from top). Please review this information before beginning your application.

The link to access and begin your application via OLGA is the first link on the left of this page, "ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION (OLGA)."

If any questions regarding these grants, please contact:

Susan.sykes@parks.ca.gov. Phone: (916) 327-1825, or Corrina.Dugger@parks.ca.gov. Phone (916) 327-1834

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In October of 1997, Senate Bill 172 (Rainey) created the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF). It provides funds to public agencies to abate, remove, store, and dispose of abandoned, wrecked, or dismantled vessels, marine debris or any other partially submerged objects which pose a substantial hazard to navigation, from navigable waterways or adjacent public property, or private property with the landowner's consent.

As part of its commitment to provide clean, safe and enjoyable recreational boating on California's waterways, the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) administers this statewide program. It allows public local agencies to apply for funding and, upon approval, enter into a contract grant agreement with DBW.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Public local agencies that have jurisdiction over navigable waterways in California and meet the application assessment criteria are eligible.

CAN A PRIVATE MARINA RECEIVE A SAVE GRANT?
While a private marina cannot directly receive a grant under the SAVE program, they can work through a public local agency to secure a grant to abate an abandoned vessel in their marina. Section 525(d)(1)(A) of the Harbors and Navigation Code states:

"Moneys in the fund shall be used exclusively, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for grants to be awarded by the division to local agencies for the abatement, removal, storage, and disposal as public nuisances of any abandoned property as described in Section 522 or for the disposal of surrendered vessels as defined in Section 526.1, wrecked or dismantled vessels, or parts thereof, or any other partially submerged objects that pose a substantial hazard to navigation, from navigable waterways or adjacent public property, or private property with the landowner’s consent."

This section clearly indicates that grants must be awarded to public local agencies. Those agencies may use such grant funds to remove vessels from navigable waterways, or adjacent public property, or private property with landowner's consent. Furthermore, this section does not differentiate, limit, or restrict how the law is applied to private property; as long as the abandoned vessel in a private marina qualifies generally under the law, a public local agency may apply for grant funding to remove that vessel.

WHAT DOES THE GRANT COVER AND ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?
The grant covers average costs to remove, store and/or dispose of abandoned vessels, marine debris, and other navigational hazards. Extra consideration will be given to applicant agencies that are proactive in keeping abandoned vessels off California's waters and that maintain a navigational hazard abatement plan.

DBW reimburses grantees for actual expenditures once a written request is submitted for completed work. Grantees must substantiate such requests by submitting the Reimbursement Claim Form and invoices to DBW, which must include (in triplicate) all receipts, invoices, and other instruments of proof of payment. Photos of vessels or other navigational hazards must be provided including CF number or other identifying information if possible.

WHAT WILL IT COST?
A grant awarded by DBW shall be matched by a 10-percent contribution from the local agency receiving the grant. SAVE recipients are required to expend their 10-percent contribution before receiving reimbursement from the SAVE program. The contribution may be rendered in cash or through in-kind contributions which must be verified, and are at the discretion of DBW. These contributions may include the following:

  • Personnel hours (verifiable and base net)
  • Excess removal and/or storage expenses

CAN THE PUBLIC LOCAL AGENCY BE REIMBURSED FOR AN ABANDONED WATERCRAFT THEY HAVE ALREADY REMOVED, STORED, AND/OR DISPOSED?
No. Work cannot commence nor expenses incurred prior to an approved grant agreement being in place.

WHAT ARE THE GRANTEES RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE GRANT PROGRAM?

  • The GRANTEE must comply with California law including those provisions set forth in the Harbors and Navigation Code Chapter 3, Article 1 regarding wrecked and salvaged vessels.
  • The GRANTEE must secure bids from vendors through the competitive bid process to select a contractor / subcontractor to perform the work defined in their contract grant agreement.
  • The GRANTEE, subject to DBW approval, must ensure that all employees, subcontractors, and salvage companies are qualified and adequately insured to perform work within the scope of the grant agreement.
  • The GRANTEE is responsible for securing any studies, permits, or authorizations associated with treatment, removal, storage, disposal, or any other handling of hazardous substances including but not limited to toxic waste, petroleum waste, asbestos, and like substances prior to the removal of any vessel.
  • The GRANTEE is responsible for the proper and legal disposal or recycling of vessels, parts of any vessels, materials, fluids, petroleum products, and associated chemicals.

In addition, please see Sections 511-527 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, specifically, Sections 525 and 527 regarding the grant program.

DBW CONTACT:
For further information, please contact: Susan.sykes@parks.ca.gov. Phone: (916) 327-1825

HOW DO I APPEAL THE DENIAL OF AN APPLICATION?

Use the following information only to appeal the denial of an application.

Contact the Deputy Director of the Division at:

E-mail: Jared Zucker, Administrative Liaison to the Deputy Director
Call: (888) 326-2822
Write: Lynn Sadler, Deputy Director
State Parks,
Division of Boating and Waterways
  One Capitol Mall, Suite 500
  Sacramento, CA 95814