Minnesota does not have a formal program for addressing abandoned or derelict watercraft. They do have several statutes that are specific to the abandonment of watercraft, but these are limited to notification for titling purposes only.
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Minnesota does not currently have any funding sources that are used for issues related to abandoned or derelict watercraft.
There are several statutes that are specific to the abandonment of watercraft, but are limited to notification for titling purposes and do not address the abandonment of watercraft on public or private property. Minnesota statutes do not address derelict vessels either but they do have provisions that make it mandatory to remove submerged vehicles in state waters (Minn. Stat. § 86B.107). The state does have some statutory provisions that can be applied to ADVs under abandoned property laws and personal property liens.
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Because Minnesota does not have laws regulating the designation or removal of abandoned or derelict vessels, there is not a lead agency in the state. Boats that are submerged in state waters are the responsibility of the owners or are under local government jurisdiction. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for watercraft safety and titling.