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Improving the Health of the Sammamish River, One Derelict Boat at a Time

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Mid month, in coopera-tion with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the City worked with global environmental services company National Resource Corporation (NRC) to remove a derelict boat from the Sammamish River. The tedious task involved removing a partially sunken 50-foot Bullnose Chris-Craft that had been stuck in the sediment south of the Squire's Landing Park for over 20 years.

boat 2Decomposing boat materials, including wood, various types of metals and oils, were deemed harmful to the water and habitat quality. These circumstan-ces allowed the project to qualify for a DNR program that covered 90% of the $28,111 removal cost.


Due to the boat's duration in the water, the structural integrity of the boat was hindered, forcing NRC to remove the boat in pieces rather than lifting it with hoists. The removal process lasted a week and a half, ending last Wednesday.

The removal of the derelict boat signifies more than simply getting rid of debris; the boat was an environmental and visual pollutant. The City is proud to present a healthier and more visually appealing waterway for people and aquatic and amphibious wildlife to enjoy.

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