5. Potential Impacts on Recreation Opportunities

This chapter reviews a range of potential direct and indirect impacts from hydrokinetic projects on recreation.  The impacts are generally ordered by their importance to recreation interests, recognizing that these may vary by type of device, location, and type of recreation.  For each effect, we describe concerns and impacts to provide a “brainstorming checklist” for study plan consideration.  The chapter includes four In Focus sections on example access restrictions (one organized by type of device, one by type of recreation), aesthetic impacts, recreation impacts related to ecological changes, as well as a sidebar on cumulative impacts.  In all cases, discussions of impacts and device-effect relationships are illustrative rather than exhaustive.  In addition, readers should note that the list is of potential impacts, and that not all will be applicable or inevitable.