Audubon study affirms importance of rivers to economy

Birding along an Arizona waterway.

PHOENIX — A recent report completed for Arizona Audubon on the economic benefits from visitations to Arizona’s waterways found these recreation areas contributed $13.5 billion to the state’s economy.

The study was completed with guidance from business, civic, governmental, outdoor recreation, conservation and tourism representatives and conducted by economics research firm Southwick Associates, Arizona Audubon stated.

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