Check out this StoryMap created by American Rivers to show the economic value in investing in river restoration:
Earth Economics published a 2020 update economic analysis of Washington State Outdoor Recreation.
"Building off an analysis conducted in 2015, this report estimates that outdoor recreation in Washington supports $26.5 Billion in annual expenditures.
This spending goes on to support 264,000 jobs throughout Washington.
This means that for every $1 million spent on outdoor recreation, 10 jobs are supported.
Outdoor recreation is such a strong job supporter in Washington that 1 in 17 or 6 percent of all jobs in Washington are tied to spending on outdoor recreation."