Water Water Everywhere
In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the mariner bemoans his predicament adrift on the sea stating, “Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink!” As many people around the nation know first-hand, an excess or dearth of water can mean disaster. But water is still the natural feature most associated with recreation in people’s minds. Thousands of communities have parks or tourist areas that are dependent on use of adjacent water resources. Ocean shores, inlets, bays, swamps, lakes, and rivers all provide for recreational experiences that draw millions annually.
In many cases these interactions occur in local parks. Many communities rely on these locations for their economic vibrancy and jobs. Over the past 30 years any number of cities have followed the successful lead of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and eliminated the warehouses and shoreline factori....
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