It is a fact that recreational boating is responsible for supporting 60,000 Great Lakes jobs – that is a $9 billion impact on the economy, according to a recent bipartisan report issued by the Army Corps of Engineers.
These are hard, cold facts so who could argue with supporting an infusion of cash into the Great Lakes via the economic recovery package being debated in Washington, DC.
“This study clearly demonstrates that hundreds of thousands of recreational boaters come to the Great Lakes every year because the lakes are such a treasure, and they bring with them billions of dollars in economic activity and jobs,” stated Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.). “Recreational boating is an important part of our economy in Michigan and around the Great Lakes and this study provides further support for federal funding to keep this economic engine running.”
By supporting the clean up of the Great Lakes toxic hot spots and by updating the sewer systems, Congress would provide and sustain jobs to the region and at the same time improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.
The John Glenn Great Lakes Recreational Boating Report provides just one more reason why the Great Lakes should be included and generously provided for in the economic recovery package.