Duluth's economy could get a boost of up to $300 million if the federal government invests in a comprehensive Great Lakes cleanup and restoration effort.
That's the finding of a new Brookings Institution study released Wednesday. The report gives city-specific analysis on potential benefits if the Great Lakes Restoration Plan is fully implemented.
Bush administration officials unveiled the plan in 2005. It calls for $20 billion to clean up toxic hotspots, restore fish and wildlife habitat, end fight invasive species and end sewage overflows.
The study concludes that Duluth would see a $200 million to $300 million boost, mainly in increased property value. The study says Chicago would see at least $4 billion in economic gains. Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee follow close behind.
Information from: Duluth News Tribune