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Studies Reveal Economic Impacts of
Extensive review of research on the economic value of lakes is summarized below featuring the top 10 items.
"DID YOU KNOW THAT...?"
1) Protecting lakes and encouraging economic growth are compatible.
2) Research in 1996 to 2003 in
4) The Minnesota Office of Tourism has reported a method for estimating income from lakes in
5) Estimates are that 16.5 jobs are generated per each 1,000 acres of fishable water.
6) Direct consumer purchases, including groceries, lodging, boats, fishing, tackle, bait, cabin and home sales, are estimated at over $900 per acre of fishable water per year.
7) Direct consumer purchases plus indirect impacts on total income are estimated at nearly $1,500 per acre of fishable water per year.
8) Real estate taxes yield less than one tenth of the total income from
9) Jobs, consumer purchases and property taxes depend upon protecting and enhancing water quality, shoreland aesthetics and fish and wildlife habitat.
10) Vacationers and guests who visit family and friends in their shoreland homes account for the majority of tourists. These tourists spend large sums of money while enjoying
Income that circulates in the private sector from consumer purchases and services is far greater than income from property taxes.
Report compiled by Harold Dziuk, PhD, Turtle Lake