By Lisa Bryan
Key Peninsula News 

Legislature Funds Increased Derelict Boat Removal on Puget Sound

Whether buying, selling, giving or receiving, fixer-upper boats may come with unanticipated and costly consequences.


Last updated 4/21/2022 at 10:58am

Lisa Bryan, Key Peninsula News

Costly removal of a sinking derelict vessel from Lakebay Marina Jan. 28.

Removing derelict or abandoned boats from the waters of Puget Sound is a high priority for the Department of Natural Resources. The department's underfunded Derelict Vessel Removal Program got a big boost from legislators with the passage of HB 1700 in March. Twenty-five percent of the money generated from watercraft excise taxes, roughly $7.5 million, will go toward funding the program each biennium.

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