Abandoned Vessel Removal in the Delta

The 1992 Delta Protection Act (PRC 29760(d)) requires the Commission to prepare, with other agencies, a strategy for the implementation of a coordinated marine patrol system throughout the Delta that will preserve, protect and maintain navigation.  Abandoned vessels, a recurring problem in the Delta, pose a safety risk for swimmers, fishermen and other boaters as well as polluting the rivers and sloughs with fuel, oil and other debris.

The Commission works with local law enforcement Marine Patrol units, the U.S. Coast Guard, State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways, State Lands Commission, Recreational Boaters of California, Cal Recycle, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other stakeholders to promote and facilitate abandoned vessel removal.

Reporting Abandoned Vessels in Your Delta County

To report an abandoned vessel please fill out and fax this form to the U.S. Coast Guard or contact the Marine Patrol Units for the specific Delta county.  For more information on the Marine Patrol Units for each of the five Delta Counties, please refer to the web links below:

Background Documents and Resources

Below is the Commission’s initial Background Report on Marine Patrol, Boater Education and Safety, as well as a more recent article
in the McGeorge School of Law Review describing changes in legislation streamlining the removal of abandoned vessels:

For information on partner agencies and funding opportunities see the web links below:

Relevant Legislation

Marine Debris
Signed into law in 2015, AB 1323 (Frazier) authorizes the immediate removal of marine debris (subject to certain conditions) that constitutes a public nuisance or a danger to navigation, health, safety or the environment. Read more about this important provision of the Harbors and Navigation Code.