Study: Great Lakes project would boost economy

Exposed pilings
Old pilings are exposed above the water line next to a Duluth fishing pier. The pier, and the pilings, are remnants of the old Interstate Bridge. The John Blatnik "High Bridge" is in the background.
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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

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