Another derelict vessel is pulled from the waters of Washington State. Clark County removed a 28-foot sunken boat that had been abandoned last fall in the North Fork of the Lewis River. Many thanks to Clark County for stepping up to take the lead on this vessel. The Derelict Vessel Removal Program in the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will reimburse Clark County for their costs.
The Derelict Vessel Removal Program works with counties and other public partners to help prevent and cleanup these public nuisances that can turn into public safety hazards. In this case, we coached the county through the custody process, posted the intent to take custody of the vessel on our webpage, and the county moved forward with the removal.
Washington’s nationally recognized Derelict Vessel Removal Program has been a model throughout the states. It is the first fully developed tool to address the problem of derelict or abandoned vessels in our waters. The program provides funding and expertise to assist public agencies in the removal and disposal of vessels across the state. Under state law, other ways to address abandoned vessels, including vessels on land, in marinas, and vessels adrift are described in WAC 308-93-275.
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