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Stormwater Discharge

December 22, 2015

The monetary consequence of discharging unprocessed or partially processed wastewater & stormwater into local rivers and lakes was recently  reviewed in a report :

Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority (LEEP).

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– Items like property values, recreation, tourism, etc  were studied over several years involving HABS – harmful algae blooms.
Over 30 years, the value of lost benefits is estimated at more than $1.3 Billion dollars.

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– The  International Joint Commission study used the Canadian and U.S. portions of western Lake Erie.
– “Overall, the total economic impact from the 2011 bloom was based on estimates of $16 million for diminished property values, $20 million for lost tourism revenue, $31 million for lost recreational opportunities, and $4 million for water treatment. For 2014, the estimate was slightly lower, at $65 million.”

  • The cummulative effect is staggering with yearly incidences and occurances taking a toll on society; and the environment.

 

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