An organization representing 55 schools in 8 states is sharing its vision of Dillon Lake with the community.
The Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association held a public meeting at the Muskingum County Welcome Center on Tuesday. Representative Matt Previts said the regional championships will take place at Dillon Lake in 2013, and the site could host the national championships in the future. He said a study by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources described how a regatta could affect the local economy.
"The economic impact is between $500,000 and $1,000,000 per event, because when teams travel, they stay in hotels, they go out to eat, pay for fuel, and they bring spectators with them," said Previts.
Previts said the association would only build courses on part of Dillon Lake, and rowing would not stop people from enjoying other lake activities. He said he doesn't anticipate the water quality to be a problem.
"We raced on it last spring, and all of our athletes were fine and healthy," said Previts. "None of them grew third arms. The safety of the athletes is priority number one, and we don't have any concerns right now."
Previts said Dillon Lake is an ideal site because of the moderate weather and central location.