April 10, 2019
School of Sustainability alumna Haley Paul, who now works as a policy manager for Audubon Arizona, talked on Arizona PBS about the organization’s new report detailing the value of waterways to Arizona's economy. According to the report, water-based recreational activities in Arizona bring $13.5 billion to the economy and create 114,000 jobs.
The report aimed to establish a baseline of information and show how important water-based recreation is as an industry in Arizona.
“By establishing that [waterways] are important, that they’re economic drivers, and they’re also good for birds, fish and people, we can hopefully come up with solutions to protect these places, because it’s hard work to come up with policies that people agree with,” Paul said. She added that collaborating to protect Arizona’s waterways will be especially important as issues such as drought, diversions and climate change present difficult challenges.
Watch the video on Arizona PBS.