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State's waterways touted as economic engine

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 8, 2012 8:50 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state's waterways are being touted in a new report as a source of economic growth for the commonwealth.

So-called "water trails" inclue access points like boat launches and campsites near waterways.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources spokeswoman Christina Novak says the study shows visitors to a handful of water trails generating $750,000 in economic activity and supporting 11 full-time jobs from July to September.

"While this study only covered a short period of time and a small number of trails, only four out of the 21 trails in the state, it is a good indication that water trails do have an important economic impact in nearby communities," Novak says.

Nearly half of the 352 visitors surveyed say they knew about a trail because they lived nearby.

Forty percent of people who visited water trails cited fishing as their prinicipal reason for the trip.

The four trails in the survey are the Schuylkill, Susquehanna North Branch, Juniata and Three Rivers.

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