In an effort to prevent boats from becoming derelict or abandoned and potentially harming water quality and/or threatening public safety, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a Vessel Turn-In Program. The purpose of the program is to enable DNR to dismantle vessels that do not yet satisfy the definition of “derelict” or “abandoned” but are likely to become derelict or abandoned in the near future. So, if you own a boat less than 45-feet in length that is in poor condition or no longer functions, you might be eligible for DNR’s Vessel Turn-in Program. Those who want to participate in the program must meet certain criteria and must apply for the program which is funded through the Derelict Vessel Removal Account. More information is available online: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/DerelictVessels/Pages/aqr_dvrp_vtip.aspx or by calling 360-902-BOAT (2628). The penalty for abandoning a boat is a fine of up to $1,000.00 and 90 days in jail.