River Alliance has compiled a series on how phosphorus pollution harms small business owners.
“I’ve been told by several people ‘Frank, we love your place, but we’re not going to allow our children into the water, so we’re not going to be back.’ ”
Over 25 years, Frank’s customers have come from as far away as Nepal, China, and South America to stay at his resort on Lake Kegonsa. His customers also supported other Stoughton businesses such as restaurants, retailers, and gas stations. But he estimates he’s lost nearly half of his long-term customers due to polluted water.
“I can work day and night and make the place look beautiful, but if the lake stinks, they’re not going to come here. It’s sad,” said Frank, who is unsure how much longer he can afford to stay in business.