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Abandoned boats targeted for removal from Sacramento County waterways

Twenty abandoned watercraft are targeted for removal from Sacramento County waterways under a grant the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received from the state Division of Boating and Waterways.

The department announced that its marine enforcement detail will be working through the summer and fall to remove abandoned boats and marine debris, which are unsightly and pose a hazard to other watercraft.

Abandoned watercraft within Sacramento County waterways are defined as any watercraft that is inoperative and neglected, submerged or partially submerged, or that has been left by the owner without intent of removal, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Sheriff’s officials note that the abandoned boats alter the natural marine habitat and water quality, and are costly to remove.

The sheriff’s marine enforcement detail received grant funding through the Division of Boating and Waterways Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund and has identified 20 boats for removal. The Sheriff’s Department has obtained the services of Alexander Marine Services Inc. for the abatement work.