Progress in Charleston's battle on abandoned boats, but many dollars still needed

Image by Flickr user r_bowley

The battle to remove abandoned, rotting, and polluting boats from the waters around Charleston is continuing as officials look to remove more and more of the crafts. 

And while officials are boasting that a dozen boats have been removed from the Ashley River, another 15 remain, and there's just no more money left to pull them out, according to a report at The Post and Courier.

Depending on the state and condition of the boat, it can easily cost more than $5,000 to remove and dispose of it.

As these abandoned boats decay, they provide seen and unseen navigational hazards while they leech harmful toxins into our prized waterways.

An effort to map the abandoned boats is spearheaded by Charleston Waterkeeper — you can see the location of many abandoned boats on this online map

The Charleston-area's problem is potent enough to compel The New York Times to use local imagery when they did a story on the issue.

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