Economic impact survey for Lake Freeman water levels coming

Carroll County, White County, and the Purdue Center for Regional Development will be conducting an economic impact survey on the lowered water levels of Lake Freeman.

Posted: Apr 8, 2021 10:59 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Carroll County, White County, and the Purdue Center for Regional Development are joining forces to put a number on what has been lost from low water levels in Lake Freeman.

Jacob Adams of the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation says the survey could help to guide more data driven decisions.

"Recreational spending was up across the state," Adams said.

"Hoosiers were just getting out and enjoying the weather and enjoying their space and we lost those accommodations due to reduced water levels.

As News 18 has reported, the drainage to protect endangered mussels as well as the drought combined to cause the problem. You can find links to those articles here.

"And I'm confident that we're going to see a gap in what could have been for our community and we want to make sure that we accurately track that," Adams said.

Adams hopes the survey can lead to a solution that protects both the economy and the endangered mussels.

"So we want this to be used in a manner that good decisions are being made based upon the information that we have," Adams said.

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