March 1, 2016
Last year’s iUTAH iFellows have been busy presenting their water-related research findings these past few weeks at various state venues. USU’s Matthew Barnett of Blanding, Utah was featured on the Utah State University Office of Research and Graduate Studies website for his presentation of research at Utah’s Capitol. Here’s an excerpt from that article:
USU’s Matthew Barnett of Blanding, Utah presented his research on links between outdoor recreation and environmental concerns among Utahns. The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology student found that those engaged in water recreation — fishing, boating, etc… — viewed actions to conserve Utah water more positively than those who do not.
With the state’s population expected to double in the next fifty years, Barnett said his research will be instrumental in the planning and preparation for Utah’s present and future water challenges, giving the state “a better shot at meeting our goals for sustainability.”
“By understanding the social processes that drive people’s perceptions about water, it contributes to a body of knowledge and a well-informed public, leading to well-directed education initiatives,” he said.
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