Survey to study economic impact of Geneva Lake
(Published August 2, 2006, 11:02 a.m.)
A study commissioned by the Geneva Lakes Conservancy aims to find out
what the economic impact of Geneva Lake is on the region.
Along with UW-Whitewater Associate Professor Russ Kashian, the Geneva
Lake Conservancy recently mailed a survey to 1,800 randomly selected
homeowners who own properties in and around the Geneva Lake watershed.
"The purpose of this survey is to estimate what economic impact the
lake has on the local and regional economies," Jim Celano, executive
director of the Geneva Lake Conservancy was quoted a saying in a news
Kashian added, "It will also assist in determining the positive and
negative effects that pressures from continued urban sprawl might have
on the value of the lake."
The watershed includes portions of the city of Lake Geneva, the villages
of Fontana, Williams Bay and Walworth and the towns of Linn and Walworth.
The survey, commissioned by a grant from the Geneva Lake Conservancy,
asks a variety of questions regarding public policy matters, including
the use of the lake, participation in the local economy, feelings about
development pressures on the lake and the expansion of municipalities
into undeveloped rural and agricultural areas.
The Geneva Lake Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that is supported
by the contributions from people who believe that protecting the nature
and history of Walworth county is important. The mission of the Geneva
Lake Conservancy is to promote responsible stewardship of the region's
land and water resources.
For more information, contact Russ Kashian at (414) 588-1260 and Jim
Celano at (262) 275-5700.