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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is accepting grant applications from owners and operators of marine facilities that want to install new marine sewage disposal facilities.

More than $1 million in federal funds will be available to facilities on Long Island Sound and Candlewood Lake for next year's boating season.

Those with existing pump out stations that need substantial repairs or upgrades and those seeking to operate new or existing marine sewage disposal facilities can also apply for funds.

Grant proposals are due Aug. 8. Up to 75 percent of the cost of an approved project may be reimbursed under the program.

Officials hope to increase the availability of proper waste handling systems for boaters and ultimately improve water quality.

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