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January 12, 2015DNR to begin removal Jan. 19 of illegal buoys on Lake Keowee

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division has completed a survey on Lake Keowee to locate illegal buoys. DNR Law Enforcement officers have marked each of the approximately 75 illegal buoys with a warning sticker. Owners of illegal buoys will have 30 days from the date marked on the buoy to remove them. DNR will remove any illegal buoys after the 30 days have expired. For questions please call the DNR Law Enforcement Investigation Section at (843) 953-9379.

This action is a result of the increasing number of illegal No Wake buoys that are located on many lakes and waterways across the state. They are quickly becoming a navigational hazard and can otherwise be confusing to the public and Law Enforcement.

The South Carolina Code (50-21-710, Section - B) states: No City, County, or person shall mark or obstruct the waters of this State in any manner so as to endanger the operation of watercraft or conflict with the marking system prescribed by the department.

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