Water is essential for our recreation economy

Empowering Outdoor Businesses

The outdoor recreation economy supports 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in consumer spending—and it all depends on clean water. Every year, over 47 million Americans head into the field to hunt or fish. The money that sportsmen spend in pursuit of their passion supports everything from major manufacturing industries to small businesses in communities across the country. The economic benefits of hunting and fishing – which total $200 billion a year – are especially pronounced in rural areas, where money brought in during fishing and hunting seasons can be enough to keep small businesses operational for the entire year. Polluted water and degraded wildlife habibat can have a huge negative impact on the small business that power the outdoor economy.