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Economic Benefits in Indiana
As of 2014, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative had funded 53 projects in Indiana, totaling $53 million. The wildlife recreation industry in the state totals $1.7 billion, according to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey. Wildlife watchers spent the most money in the state at $751 million, followed closely by anglers who spent $672 million. Hunters throughout the state spent $222 million. Over 50,000 jobs in Indiana are connected to the Great Lakes.
As with most of the eight Great Lakes states, not all of the state area is within the basin, but benefits of healthy Great Lakes extend throughout the state. Income from visitors to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park goes to support spending throughout the state. Visitors to those two parks total 3.2 million people each year.