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GLIN==> Recreational Boating and Dredging Symposium, July 16 in Cleveland

Recreational Boating and Dredging: A Regional Symposium for the Great Lakes

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Dredging Team and the Great Lakes Commission

July 16, 2001
Cleveland, Ohio

To be held in conjunction with the national Coastal Zone 01 Conference

AGENDA: http://www.glc.org/announce/01/RecBoat-agd.pdf
REGISTRATION FORM: http://www.glc.org/announce/01/RecBoat-reg.pdf

There are more than 6 million recreational boats in the eight Great 
Lakes states and the provinces of Ontario and Québec. Of these, about a 
quarter of the U.S. boats are registered to people residing in Great 
Lakes coastal counties; about 75 percent of the Canadian boats have a 
Great Lakes or St. Lawrence connection. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence 
marinas make up half of the region's marinas, and the Great Lakes states 
accounted for 29 percent or $2.6 billion of the U.S. national 
recreational boat retail expenditures in 1999.

Dredging of accumulated bottom sediments in shallow draft harbors is 
required on a periodic basis to provide recreational boats access to 
deeper water and allow for safe passage. In U.S. waters, the federal 
government is responsible for some recreational boat harbor maintenance. 
Uncertainty as to the government's long-term commitment to such harbors 
has arisen in conjunction with budget pressures.

The costs of dredging, particularly for nonfederal harbors and channels, 
is a growing concern. The availability of dredging service and 
appropriate equipment can be a problem, especially when demand increases 
rapidly, as during periods of falling water levels. Innovative funding 
for dredging involving both public and private financial resources may 
need to be identified or enhanced.

For more information, contact:

Steve Thorp
Phone: 734-665-9135
Fax: 734-665-4370
E-mail: sthorp@glc.org

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson 
(Wisconsin), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by 
state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, 
healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. 
Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of state 
legislators, agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight 
member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was 
established through the signing of a "Declaration of Partnership." The 
Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and 
Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and 
other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann 
Arbor, Michigan. Online at www.glc.org

The Great Lakes Dredging Team is a partnership of federal and state 
agencies whose purpose is to promote coordination and communication 
which will assure the dredging of Great Lakes harbors and channels in a 
timely and environmentally responsible manner. Online at 

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