Group seeks to tow boats left in river

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A mahogany-trimmed trawler twice abandoned in the Savannah River will be demolished unless someone is willing to adopt and restore it.

The Net Web is among more than 23 boats that have been left along the Savannah River between Augusta and Savannah.   Special
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The Net Web is among more than 23 boats that have been left along the Savannah River between Augusta and Savannah.

"It's kind of a shame, really," said Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bontatibus. "But it needs to come out so it isn't causing more environmental problems."

The 42-foot boat, named Net Web, was abandoned near the Bobby Jones Expressway bridge last year, and was moved by the U.S. Coast Guard after it was found to be leaking fuel.

Savannah Riverkeeper sold it to a new owner who tried to move it downstream to the coast, but it broke down -- and was left in the river near Jackson.

"He paid $1,500 for it, which was the cost of moving it, and then spent another $1,000 on the motor," Bontatibus said. "Now it's just sitting out there again."

The nonprofit group is launching a fundraising drive in efforts to raise $15,000 for removal of the Net Web and other abandoned boats.

"To date, we have over 23 boats between Augusta and Savannah in need of removal and this is only half of the Savannah River," she said. "Our goal is to get 100 people to donate $50 a month for three months to raise a total of $15,000. This would allow the Riverkeeper to remove a portion of the hazardous vessels."

If the Net Web can be removed from the river, it will be demolished and disposed of properly to ensure it won't end up abandoned again, she said.

Contact Savannah Riverkeeper at www.savannahriver keeper.org/.

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airbud7
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airbud7 10/18/10 - 05:16 pm
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$15,000 for removal of the

$15,000 for removal of the Net Web and several other abandoned boats,---(several other as in 3)? Tow it to silverbluff boat landing, crank it on a trailer and pull it to the landfill! Im sure there's some redneck river boys that would do it a lot cheaper! (Just saying)☺

Nightwing
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Nightwing 10/18/10 - 07:03 pm
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Don't the US Corps of

Don't the US Corps of Engineers control the waterways?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/18/10 - 07:10 pm
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How about find the owners of

How about find the owners of these junk boats and make them pay to have them hauled away?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 07:11 pm
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These boats will rot on their

These boats will rot on their own if people would just leave them alone. Litter is not attractive, but it also is not permanent.

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SteveCagle 10/18/10 - 07:12 pm
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could not agree with you more

could not agree with you more airbud7.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 07:16 pm
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Emerydan, the problem is

Emerydan, the problem is first you have to have a government entity step up to the plate and assume jurisdiction. The Corps of Engineers is responsible only for the "navigable waterway" portion of the river. It is not responsible for the banks. The state of Georgia and the state of South Carolina are responsible only for the water in the river channel. They are not responsible for the banks. Each county government along the river's course to the sea could seek to force someone to pay thousands of dollars to haul off a hulk, but it would take a lot of time of district attorneys and a good defense lawyer could easily get a client off scott free.

These boats are nothing but large litter. Just let them decay.

double_standard
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double_standard 10/18/10 - 07:40 pm
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Can we say bonfire.

Can we say bonfire.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 10/18/10 - 08:35 pm
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Fiberglass has a really slow

Fiberglass has a really slow rate of decay

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 10:08 pm
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Yes, RoadkiII, but that is

Yes, RoadkiII, but that is the price for liberty.

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fftaz71 10/19/10 - 05:28 am
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One of the problems with

One of the problems with letting them decay there is that they pose a hazard to navigation if they should somehow get free from moorings and find themselves adrift. Although the liklihood of that is slim, a good flood could do it. Then YOU as the taxpayers will foot the bill to remove them b/c the government will do it. 15,000.00 now to raise say half the boats and properly take care of them is not a bad price- its just over 1000.00 to do so. From the pics, the NET WEB appears to be steel hulled...that vessel isnt going to rot away any time soon, recovering and raising a vessel of that size for under 1500 is a bargain.
Little Lamb, this is not a price of liberty. This is a price of irresponsibility. There is a difference. With liberty comes responsibility.

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Chillen 10/19/10 - 07:50 am
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The owners of these boats

The owners of these boats should be tracked down and charged for the removal of their boat from public waters. This is ridiculous.

Honestly, would you take your dishwasher or your refridgerator and leave it in a public park? Or leave your car in the middle of the road and abandon it? This is the exact same thing.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 10/19/10 - 07:57 am
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Chillen, have you looked

Chillen, have you looked along the roadways lately? Or along the Augusta Canal? I've seen many piles of junk that people have just dropped off, including kitchen appliances and car parts. It is sad how some people view America as their dumping ground. I get angry enough just seeing smokers flick their butts out the car window, let alone truckloads of junk being dumped in the night. People who have no respect for the environment have no respect for America or themselves for that matter. That is sad.

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peonynut 10/19/10 - 08:15 am
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Remove what ever is on

Remove what ever is on Richmond county banks and let the other counties, Burke etc. remove what is in theirs. No need to take responsibility from here to Savannah.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/10 - 09:30 am
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Peonynut, what the

Peonynut, what the Riverkeeper is proposing is a program of voluntary contributions. If they get the money voluntarily, then let them run the program the way they want to.

Real E Bugged
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Real E Bugged 10/19/10 - 11:44 am
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Just leave it in Harrisburg

Just leave it in Harrisburg or South Augusta over night. It will be gone by morning and at the recycle yard gates at opening.

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unbiased_propaganda 10/19/10 - 12:46 pm
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airbud7 - If you think it's

airbud7 -

If you think it's so easy and cheap to take a huge boat out of the river...give it a try! TRUST ME, there is a lot more involved in the logistics, manpower, disposal, etc that goes into it. Do you own a trailer that is large enough to be able to handle a monster like the Net Web? And are you willing to let them use it for free?

It's easy just to sit back and say - "It can't cost that much" or "All you have to do is drag it to the landfill", etc

But I guarantee if you actually went out and attempted it, it wouldn't be so easy.

airbud7
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airbud7 10/19/10 - 01:06 pm
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Ill tell you what propaganda,

Ill tell you what propaganda, give me $15,000 and Ill tow it to the land field and back!!! Heck for $15,000 Ill put a motor in it and ride it to Savannah!!!☮

airbud7
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airbud7 10/19/10 - 02:30 pm
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Something tells me that

Something tells me that riverlova is one of those seeking the $15,000 Good Luck!!!

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trimmy 10/19/10 - 04:44 pm
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I'm sure there are plenty of
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I'm sure there are plenty of rivers with abandoned stuff in them. Just start calling around to towns that have rivers nearby and ask if they have the same problem and if so, how did they deal with it. Doesn't anyone remember what research is. Volunteer research is cheeeeap! Sometimes I wonder.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/10 - 07:49 am
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The so-called "problem" of a

The so-called "problem" of a handful of abandoned boats on the lower Savannah River is much like the so-called "problem" of downtown Augusta parking. It is only a problem if you let it bother you. Just don't let the abandoned boats get under your skin. Don't fret and stew about it night and day. Just let the boats rot in the river.

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