Abandoned boat removed from Sacramento River. Why it took months

Crews removed an abandoned boat from the Sacramento River on Wednesday after it caught on fire earlier this summer. It was one of dozens that are causing problems in the region’s waterways. The Sacramento Fire Department responded to the boat fire west of Sand Cove Park on June 21. In addition, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Responses also got to the scene when there was a concern oil might spill into the waterway “When the flames were dealt with, we were able to go in and surround the boat with the oil spill boom to contain and collect the released pollution in the river,” said spokesperson Mary Fricke.| VIDEO BELOW | Watch crews battle boat fire along Sacramento River To clean it up for good, Sacramento County put in an emergency request with the State Lands Commission, which is funding the removal.”The State Lands Commission owns and manages the waterway it’s on and, in the past, we have worked from time to time with Sacramento County and others when abandoned and derelict vessels appear on the waterways,” said the chief of external affairs, Sheri Pemberton. Sacramento County said there are more than 30 commercial abandoned and derelict vessels within the county and more than 50 in the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta.”Commercial vessels pose a significant threat to the environment and also a threat to boaters on the waterway,” said Natasha Drane, governmental relations and legislative officer for Sacramento County.However, Drane said, there is not one state program or federal, state or local agency with the authority, expertise and the funding to remove those commercial boats that become a pro blem.Drane believes a new bill making its way through the Legislature now would help.” addresses this issue by creating a state program that brings these federal state and local partners together to identify and remove these boats statewide,” she said.The county is also asking the state for $25 million to fund the program. The bill passed the Senate, and the county is hopeful it will make it out of an Assembly committee and onto the floor for a vote.

Crews removed an abandoned boat from the Sacramento River on Wednesday after it caught on fire earlier this summer. It was one of dozens that are causing problems in the region’s waterways.

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to the boat fire west of Sand Cove Park on June 21. In addition, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Responses also got to the scene when there was a concern oil might spill into the waterway .

“When the flames were dealt with, we were able to go in and surround the boat with the oil spill boom to contain and collect the released pollution in the river,” said spokesperson Mary Fricke.

| VIDEO BELOW | Watch crews battle boat fire along Sacramento River

To clean it up for good, Sacramento County put in an emergency request with the State Lands Commission, which is funding the removal.

“The State Lands Commission owns and manages the waterway it’s on and, in the past, we have worked from time to time with Sacramento County and others when abandoned and derelict vessels appear on the waterways,” said the chief of external affairs, Sheri Pemberton .

Sacramento County said there are more than 30 commercial abandoned and derelict vessels within the county and more than 50 in the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta.

“Commercial vessels pose a significant threat to the environment and also a threat to boaters on the waterway,” said Natasha Drane, governmental relations and legislative officer for Sacramento County.

However, Drane said, there is not one state program or federal, state or local agency with the authority, expertise and the funding to remove those commercial boats that become a problem.

Drane believes a new bill making its way through the Legislature now would help.

“[Senate Bill 1065] addresses this issue by creating a state program that brings these federal state and local partners together to identify and remove these boats statewide,” she said.

The county is also asking the state for $25 million to fund the program. The bill passed the Senate, and the county is hopeful it will make it out of an Assembly committee and onto the floor for a vote.

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