- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A houseboat moored near Salem’s Riverfront Park for over a month has moved down the Willamette River.

The Statesman Journal newspaper (https://is.gd/evZrXl ) reports the Department of State Lands gave owner Kevin Ward 15 days to move at least five miles on the river. Otherwise, he had to remove the vessel from the water or relocate to an authorized moorage facility.

The houseboat had been at the spot since at least the end of July. That’s when the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Department of State Lands first started getting questions and complaints about its sanitation, safety and aesthetics.

Ward told the newspaper he had been on the river for more than three years and this was the first time he had received such a notice. He says he questions the legality of it.

A state official told the newspaper that the houseboat was legally permitted to stay in one place along the Oregon-run waterway for up to 30 days, and Ward exceeded that limit.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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