Study: Economics of the Colorado River

A new Arizona State University study commissioned by Protect the Flows and released in January 2015 revealed that hanging in the balance of the health of the Colorado River system are more than $1.4 trillion in economic activity, $871 billion in wages, and 16 million jobs. Put into perspective, an estimated 64.4 percent of the combined value of each Basin state’s output of goods and services could be lost if Colorado River water is no longer available to agriculture, businesses, industry, and  residences. The results breakdown by state as follows:
Arizona

Jobs in AZ dependent on the river annually: 2,147,770
Gross State Product in AZ dependent on the river: $185.01 billion (60% of AZ’s GSP)
Arizona Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $107.80 billion

[Southern] California

Jobs in CA dependent on the river annually: 7,046,110
Gross State Product in CA dependent on the river: $657.45 billion (55% of Southern CA’s GSP)
CA Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $406.58 billion

Colorado

Jobs in CO dependent on the river annually: 2,147,141
Gross State Product in CO dependent on the river: $188.95 billion (59% of CO’s GSP)
CO Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $115.97 billion

New Mexico

Jobs in NM dependent on the river annually: 772,000
Gross State Product in NM dependent on the river: $59.8 billion (65.8% of NM’s GSP)
New Mexico Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $34.2 billion

Nevada

Jobs in NV dependent on the river annually: 1,417,283
Gross State Product in NV dependent on the river: $115.39 billion (87% of NV’s GSP)
Nevada Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $70.57 billion

Utah

Jobs in UT dependent on the river annually: 969,735
Gross State Product in UT dependent on the river: $69.79 billion (50% of UT's GSP)
UT Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $43.30 billion

Wyoming

Jobs in WY dependent on the river annually: 284,000
Gross State Product in WY dependent on the river: $21.7 billion (62% of NM’s GSP)
Wyoming Labor Income dependent on the river each year: $13.2 billion

To view the full report visit Protect the Flows at http://protectflows.com/asu-economic-study/.