Survey gauges impact of Lake Ontario,
St. Lawrence River boating
By Joa Iannarelli
Buffalo Business First
Published August 13th, 2004
A survey conducted by the International Lake Ontario/St.
Lawrence River Study said recreational boaters spent an
average of $137 per day in counties bordering both waterways
with an additional $18.50 per day spent outside the state's
"Government agencies have downplayed the impact
of recreation," said Jon Brown, head of a recreational
boating and tourism technical work group connected to
the survey. "There are competing interests. Homeowners
are concerned about flooding and boaters want enough water
to enjoy boating. The tourism industry is totally dependent
on recreational boating and when water levels are low,
businesses are affected."
Survey information will be used to develop recommendations
to the International Joint Commission to regulate water
outflows for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
The commission is responsible for all waters shared between
the United States and Canada.
The survey is part of the commission's $20 million five-year
study evaluating the impacts of changing water levels
on a variety of issues including environmental quality,
hydroelectric power generation and industrial water use.
Recommendations will be made to the commission in 2005.