Clint Carney

2019 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Winner

Utah State University 


Clint is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, focusing on water reallocation and water security policy in Utah and the Colorado River Basin. Specifically, his research is examining social and institutional implications of water banking in Utah and the role reallocation plays in addressing the state’s emerging water security tradeoffs. Prior to returning to school for his doctorate, Clint worked as a hydrogeologist for sixteen years in Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming and is a registered professional geologist in three states. Clint began his career developing groundwater models of the High Plains aquifer in support of the Platte River Recovery Program, and later worked on a diverse array of hydrogeologic studies, water resources assessments, and environmental compliance projects. Originally from Iowa, Clint fell in love with the American West at a very young age while on family camping trips. He holds a bachelors science in geology and environmental studies from Iowa State University, a masters in geology from Northern Illinois University, and a masters in hydrology from the Colorado School of Mines.  


Why We Care

  • While photographing at The Great Salt Lake, I learned that it is a vastly different experience than other bodies of water. It is other-worldy, eerie, and beautiful at the same time. It is calming, peaceful, and a very inspirational place to be. Some may call the experience spiritual. Others may call it freeing. I call it magical.

    My favorite quote is by Loren Eisley; “If there is magic in this world, it is contained in water.” I absolutely believe that The Great Salt Lake is a place of magic, and that is what I strive to showcase.

    -- Tylyn Cullison, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant