Land & Environment

Water Shepherding: USU Experts Discuss How to Ensure Conserved Water Gets to the Great Salt Lake

Video by Taylor Emerson, Digital Journalist, University Marketing & Communications

As communities in Utah work to conserve water, the surplus water they set aside may not actually make its way downstream into the banks of the struggling Great Salt Lake.

Water shepherding is a way to track that water saved through urban and agricultural conservation and to help it reach its intended destination — rather than being lost as groundwater or absorbed by other downstream users.

In this video, USU experts Bethany Neilson and Sarah Null discuss how water shepherding could work to translate conservation efforts into real benefits for Utah’s landscape.


Sarah Null
Associate Professor
Department of Watershed Sciences

Bethany Neilson
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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