City council to discuss abandoned boat removal grants

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Tuesday night’s Charleston City Council meeting will discuss removing abandoned boats sitting in our Lowcountry waters. 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration granted the Charleston Police Department nearly $43,000 dollars to remove five abandoned boats from the Ashley River and the Charleston Harbor.

The Charleston City Marina also donated $5,000 dollars toward the effort.

But this isn’t the first time Charleston has dealt with having to remove abandoned boats from its waterways.

Since 2004, DHEC has worked with NOAA to clean the state’s waterways and have removed over 100 abandoned boats. A majority, right here in Charleston County.

The major problem is these boats can cause damage to our salt marsh, as well as our oyster habitat, and can create a navigational hazard.

Tuesday night’s city council meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Charleston City Hall.

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