Report: Arizona's Rivers, Lakes And Streams Worth $13.5 Billion To Economy

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:14am
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:02pm

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A group of paddlers prepare for their first rapid.
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A group of paddlers prepare for their first rapid.

What are Arizona’s lakes, rivers and streams worth to the state’s economy? A new report released Tuesday tries to answer that question.

Audubon Arizona’s study finds 1.5 million Arizonans took part in outdoor recreation around a waterway last year, which contributed nearly $2 billion in tax revenues to the state.

Haley Paul, the policy manager for Audubon Arizona, joined The Show to talk more about the findings.

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