VT Research puts pricetag on clean water

Economic risks justify action

Here in Maine we know all too well how much summer tourism effects our economy. And as we prepare for another busy summer, these findings state some crucial points on environmental concerns for our lakes, jobs and homes along the water fronts.

“These findings show that water quality in Lake Champlain and its surrounding basin is more than just an environmental concern,” says Voigt, a researcher at UVM’s Gund Institute and Rubenstein School. “It’s a major economic issue that affects homeowners, businesses and employees.”

“According to the study, Vermont lakeside communities would lose $16.8 million in economic activity and 200 full-time jobs – in July and August alone – for every one-meter (three-foot) decrease in water clarity.”

News Release: Research puts price tag on clean water

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