Understanding the value of our lakes is only the first step

 

Keeping the lakes clean and healthy is integral to maintaining the value of our lakes for the future.

As part of the economic impact study, the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams identified the potential impact of lake health in Kosciusko County on our economic future.


 

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY LAKES CONTRIBUTE

ANNUALLY OVER $313 MILLION

TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY

 

LAKE RELATED BUSINESS
$147,661,000

 

LAKE SPECIFIC BUSINESS
$150,722,000

AUTO & GAS

FOOD & DINING

CONSTRUCTION

OTHER

$64,548,000

$44,142,000

$17,039,000

$21,932,000

Other Includes: Home Care, Lodging, Professional Services, Health & Medical Care, Entertainment, Real Estate, Youth Services, Specialty Business

 

BOAT SALES            

BOAT MANUFACTURING

MARINAS           

OTHER 

Other Includes: Bait & Tackle, Boat Repair, Recreation Equipment, Pier Installation

$15,650,000

$103,000,000

 $18,194,000

$13,878,000


PROPERTY TAX
$15,000,000


It’s simple. Having a cleaner lake is good for the residents and it enhances property values.
— Mark Bishopp, Property Owner

 

IMPROVEMENT in LAKE QUALITY

If we all do our part to improve lake quality, the economic value of our lakes could increase by 5%  

an additional $10,519,000 each year!


 

DECLINE in LAKE QUALITY

If we follow practices that degrade lake quality, the economic loss to the value of our lakes could be a devastating 40% 

$84,153,000 less each year.

Source:  The Center for Lakes & Streams conducted an economic impact study to find out. Using data collected from 314 businesses along with public data sources and national averages, they arrived at the figures above.