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Tourism Assessment as Influenced by Fluctuating Water Levels on the Great Lakes

D'Arcy McKittrick;
Research was undertaken in select communities during the summer of 2010 to document the social and economic impact of changing water-levels on tourist-dependent businesses including resource-based tourism businesses, lodges, hotels, waterfront restaurants, beaches, resorts, parks and other tourist-related products. Four study areas were defined: Thunder Bay, ON; Midland-Wasaga Beach, ON; Port Huron, MI, and Sarnia, ON; Sandusky-Toledo, Ohio. A survey questionnaire was developed for tourism representatives and distributed in each of the four areas of study. A total of 168 surveys were completed. Results showed that awareness of Great Lakes water levels among tourism businesses surveyed is not high. The economy and weather are more important issues to the tourism businesses surveyed than Great Lakes water levels, and even when there is a perception that water level has affected business performance, most businesses are unable to quantify the effect.
Tourism Assessment as Influenced by Water Levels
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Lake Superior Regulation
Questions We Asked
Can a regulation plan be designed to perform better than Plan 1977A?
What constitutes improved plan performance?
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What are the main benefits of the new regulation plan?
Does the plan minimize disproportionate losses?
Key Findings
Plan 2012 will be more robust and provide important benefits compared to Plan 77A
Plan 2012 provides overall economic improvements
Approve Lake Superior Plan 2012
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