Dam removal, and the stream restoration that is associated with dam removal, will enhance the long-term health and viability of the river. The river is already a center of recreational opportunities for fishing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, etc. The stream restoration relates to about less than a mile of the river. To the extent that there can be a significant increase in 10 visitors seeking the recreational opportunities throughout the corridor, local business could expect to see a positive economic change.
What are the economic and recreational impacts of dam removal?
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- Would dam removal enhance development and bring more tourists into the City?
- How will the City account for increased trash in the river from canoers and kayakers – increased damage to the area from people who are using the river for free?
- What economic impact studies will be done as part of corridor planning?
- Does dam removal reduce the recreational activities to only being a river community that is only accessed by fly fisherman and kayakers?
- How does dam removal benefit the general population of the City?
- What is the projected increase in revenue to local businesses (for their benefit)?
- What are the potential economic benefits of a restored river with rapids, waterfalls, stormwater infiltration ponds, and park system along the river?
- What are the economic and recreational impacts of dam removal?
- How will the corridor plan consider the needs of active people looking to retire in an interactive community?
- How can we balance/regulate/share the use of the river so that it does not end up like the Apple River in Somerset?
- In terms of attracting youth to the community, should we focus on permanent residents or temporary recreational use visitors?
- How big do we want the City to grow? When do we get too big? At what point do we become too large and lose our uniqueness?
- How do you overcome zoning regulations in order to build or have a restaurant on the river bank as shown in some of the images during Tech Talk No. 6? How can real estate development exist if zoning will not permit it on or near the river?
- Do kayak rental companies, either locally based or from the Twin Cities, pay any access or user fees to use City-funded access points? If not, should they?
- Zoning is a way to move from negative to positive. How can we assist local development of the built environment to enhance our community if zoning prohibits this?
- What percentage of the kayakers, taking 2 or 4 hour trips, actually rent hotels for their trips? Don’t the vast majority either live locally or get bussed in for one day?