GA DNR Denied Stimulus Funds

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources made an
unsuccessful bid for millions in federal stimulus money to remove
shipwrecks in Georgia's coastal waters

The department wanted $7.2 million to remove 111 sunken or
abandoned vessels off Savannah and Chatham County

Charles "Buck" Bennett of the department's Coastal Resources
Division said the removals would have created about 253 jobs.

Bennett said the boats are more than just ugly. He said their
rotting wood and leaking fuel pollute waters, and can be a safety
hazard for boaters and docks as pieces break off.

Since DNR submitted the bid in March, the number of wrecked
vessels has risen to 129.

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