CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources is beginning a statewide survey to identify illegal buoys in South Carolina's waterways.
The department announced that the effort, beginning Wednesday, is the result of an increasing number of illegal "No Wake" buoys which have been placed in lakes, rivers and coastal waterways.
Under state law, no municipality or private resident is allowed to place a buoy that endangers the operation of boats or does not comply with the DNR marking system.
When the survey is completed, DNR law enforcement officers will then mark each illegal buoy and the owners will have 30 days to remove them. If they are not removed by the end of that time, the department will remove them from the water.