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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 bordering counties.

"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.

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