The Update: Estuary cleanup

The Update: Estuary cleanup

Michele Ellson

A derelict vessel before and after it sunk in the Alameda/Oakland Estuary. Photos courtesy of Brock de Lappe.

THE STORY: Local, regional and state agencies conducted a multi-million-dollar effort last year to clear the Alameda/Oakland Estuary of sunken vessels that were determined to cause a navigation hazard and they chased away “anchor outs” illegally perched in the channel. But a pair of “anchor outs” has returned, posing a fresh challenge to public agencies and marina managers seeking to keep the Estuary clean.

THE LATEST: One of the two “anchor out” vessels that has appeared in the estuary sunk on the Oakland side, while the second has been shuttling around the channel as its owner has been in and out of jail, stopping near the Grand Street boat ramp before moving over to Oakland. Police Chief Paul Rolleri said the city is working to strengthen rules prohibiting the anchor-outs’ moorings, while Alameda Marina’s Brock de Lappe, who has led the charge to clean up the estuary, is urging the city to apply for a state grant that would cover most of the cost of removing derelict vessels vefore they sink – and become more dangerous and costly to remove.

MORE INFORMATION: The Alamedan has information on cleanup efforts to date here, and in this video.


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Submitted by Richard Bangert on Fri, May 23, 2014

Thanks to all those individuals and agencies involved in removing the derelict vessels from the estuary. An important side benefit to keeping vessels from sinking in the first place is the benefit to the biological marine life in the estuary. What types of fluids and substances are set adrift when these vessels sink? There may be grant money somewhere to help with the policing effort that targets preservation of the ecosystem.

Submitted by Vincent (not verified) on Fri, May 23, 2014

The guy with the sunken boat is working hard trying to get it to float again, yesterday it seems to be a third out of the water and hanging on the pier. Most of his stuff is either laying along the shore or up on the pier and walking path along with his new tent.

Submitted by RJewell (not verified) on Wed, May 28, 2014

I called the Coast Guard yesterday, and that was the first they'd heard about the sunken boat. They will check on it to ensure that nothing hazardous is leaking. Without any hazardous material, they have no jurisdiction.