Recreational Impacts on Water Systems

One of the biggest reasons people enjoy water is because of its recreational value. Whether it is swimming, fishing, boating, skiing, ice fishing or snowmobiling, water provides many different recreational possibilities.

Other recreational activities we enjoy, such as golfing, football and baseball occur on athletic turfs that may also impact our water quality and supply. Even camping, which is a pastime enjoyed by both young and old can have repercussions felt by our water systems.

The demand on water resources continues to increase and that increasing demand also increases the potential for damage to the water quality of our lakes, rivers and shorelines. We need to consider all of the possible ways that recreational activities have impacted the availability and quality of our water sources. We must then determine which of our practices are harmful and if there are ways to moderate their impact on our water systems.

Your task is to investigate the recreational impacts on our water systems and make recommendations about what needs to be done to address them.


Impacts of boating and fishing

Recreational impacts on beaches

Impacts of camping, boating, fishing, vehicles

General Resources on Water

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