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New study shows lake quality and clarity impacts waterfront property pricesSubmitted: 09/13/2018
Adriana Michelle
Adriana Michelle
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New study shows lake quality and clarity impacts waterfront property prices
BOULDER JUNCTION - A recent study showed that water quality and clarity of Northwood lakes have an economic impact on waterfront housing.

The study was sponsored by Vilas County Land & Water plus Vilas and Oneida County's Lakes and Rivers Associations.

The results of the five month study were presented in Boulder Junction Thursday by Dr. Thomas Kemp of UW - Eau Claire.

Dr. Kemp tested 60 lakes across Vilas and Oneida Counties.

He said there is a financial impact on the surrounding properties.

"If you improve water clarity by about one meter, depending on how clear the lake is already, you are going gain about $8,000 to $32,000 worth of value on the average house," said Kemp.

David Noel of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association says he hopes this study encourages waterfront homeowners to stay aware of the cleanliness of our lakes

"If they do see a reduction in water quality due to man-made instances, then they can take remedial action to try and clean those up," said Noel.

Online websites like Zillow were used to track property values around the area.

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