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GLIN==> Symposium: Recreational Boating and Dredging



Symposium: Recreational Boating and Dredging
Monday, July 16, 2001 @
Cleveland Convention Center

Preliminary agenda @ http://www.glc.org/announce/01/RecBoat-agd.pdf
Registration form @ http://www.glc.org/announce/01/RecBoat-reg.pdf

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The Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Dredging Team, a
federal/state partnership, are co-sponsoring a regional symposium,
Recreational Boating and Dredging, on Monday, July 16, 2001 at the
Cleveland Convention Center.  Changes in Great Lakes water levels and a
backlog of needed dredging for shallow draft harbors is raising public
and coastal community awareness of the economic contributions of
recreational boating and the need for timely dredging.  See preliminary
agenda ( http://www.glc.org/announce/01/RecBoat-agd.pdf ) and
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.




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