An investment in the San Joaquin River Blueway is an investment in the economic well-being of our Valley communities. As the country urbanizes, access to close-to-home outdoor recreation facilities and natural areas significantly increases the attractiveness of communities as places to live and do business. Increasingly, natural areas are considered an important component of community economic vitality, leading to higher property values.
Developing the San Joaquin River Blueway will also create jobs and attract increased tourism dollars to the area. Creating a system of parks, boat launches, trailheads, visitor information centers, and restored habitat will employ local construction companies and work crews with skills in grading, building, planting, and maintenance. With places to go along the San Joaquin River, visitors will contribute to local economies by spending money on food, transportation, lodging, admission fees, sporting goods, souvenirs, clothing, and more.