In terms of the economy, as goes Clarks Hill Lake, so goes the region.
That’s the gist of a recent analysis from Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute. The report makes it clear that low lake levels cost our community jobs, home sales and overall economic activity.
Hardest hit from low levels is Columbia County. As outdoor writer Rob Pavey recently reported, while the 72,000-acre reservoir is surrounded by six counties in two states, Columbia County is the largest – accounting for more than 71 percent of the jobs and personal income in the lake region.