From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 through June 1, the Vessel Turn-in Program event will take place, allowing Harris County residents to turn in old boats that no longer operate.

The event will be held at the parking lot of the Clear Lake Park Community Center, 5002 NASA Parkway, Seabrook.

During the five-day program, residents can bring their old boats to be verified for eligibility. Boats must be clear of trash and debris.

Residents dropping off boats must provide ownership verification along with a release of interest and ownership. Additionally, titles must be free of any loan balances, liens and taxes, according to a press release.

Vessels exceeding 26 feet may be eligible for the program with prior approval.

The program is done in conjunction with Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s office, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The land office will remove all fuel, oil and batteries, and the department will verify ownership and clear the vessels for disposal.

Normally, removing abandoned vessels from coastal waters costs $200 to $300 per foot. The land office encourages communities to participate in the Vessel Turn-In Program to avoid such costs and keep boats from becoming environmental or safety hazards, the release states.

Since it began in 2015, the program has hosted 33 events, removing a total of 1,267 derelict boats measuring 21,058 feet, according to the release.