Balancing Offshore Energy, Recreation, and Tourism

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NOAA serves up data to help understand the pros and cons of wind farm projects. Tourism and recreation are major contributors to the local economy for many U.S. coastal areas. The development of offshore facilities that harness wind power to generate electricity could affect the natural beauty that draws visitors to those areas. At this time, there is little data on the impacts of offshore wind facilities to U.S. tourism and recreation.

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