A whole lot of water is taken from rivers and aquifers to meet the needs of everything from entire cities to multiple industries. This high demand has left tens of thousands of miles of dry or critically dewatered rivers. When water withdrawals completely dry up streams, this impacts everything from water quality to wildlife. So water management basically means putting back what you use.
BEF tracks restored water though their Water Restoration Certificates. A single certificate represents 1,000 gallons of water that’s been restored.