Boaters throughout the state will have to pay extra fees in order for the state to fund the removal of abandoned boats, reports The Providence Journal.
The state hopes to create a $100,000 yearly fund to remove waterway obstructions, according to The Journal article. Boaters will have to pay an extra $2 to $20 yearly.
A barge that had been hired to paint the Newport Pell Bridge recently sunk during a storm last October. It was later raised in December.
There have been a couple sunken vessels in Portsmouth in the last 12 months, especially after Hurricane Irene.
In March of this year, Portsmouth Patch blogger Doug Smith reported a boat still remained sunk in The Cove, just south of Spectacle Island, more than six months after the hurricane. This boat is believed to still be in the water.