San Juan County’s Removal Program is closely coordinated with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). The WDNR are able to:
San Juan County implemented the Derelict Vessel Prevention Program in 2013. This was the first of its kind in Washington State.
The Prevention Program acts like preventive medicine in identifying vessels which if not attended to, will end up in the Removal Program. The costs of salvage and demolition far exceeds the costs of preventing a vessel from sinking, polluting, or causing damage in the first place.
Since 2013, the number of abandoned, derelict, or sunken vessels has continued to drop in County waters thanks to the prevention program, benefiting both the environment and you the taxpayer!
It is important that we continue this work to prevent derelict vessels from polluting our waters and becoming safety hazards. We are making every effort to secure state and federal funding to continue the program, but we need your help to make sure there is no gap in this service.