Lake Erie provides drinking water to over 11 million people and produces more consumable fish than all the other Great Lakes combined. In the past 20 years, a decline in water quality from nutrient pollution has led to efforts by organizations, businesses, and governments, aimed toward better maintenance of this critically important source of freshwater. This report identifies and quantifies the improvement of key ecosystem service values and economic benefits in the region through water quality improvement, particularly phosphorous reductions in Lake Erie.
Economic BEnefits from Phosphorous REductions
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement's 40% phosphorous reduction, along with other benchmarks for phosphorous reductions, provide economic benefits to beach-goers, recreational anglers, property owners, and water treatment plants:
Economic Benefit to Recreational Anglers
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We are hosting a presentation and webinar on the study results August 14, 2019 at 11:30 am CT (12:30 pm ET) at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center. A recording of the webinar and the presentation slides will be available shortly.
If you have any general questions about the project, please contact Sonia Wang via email.