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Urban Groundwater: Resident perceptions and understanding of non-point source pollution

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Strategies to effectively manage water resources at the regional or national scale must integrate the perspectives of the public. Management of groundwater resources, in particular, is critical because of its use as a water supply for urban areas. Also, preventing groundwater pollution is much cheaper than restoring polluted aquifers. A very limited amount of research has been dedicated to exploring urban resident perceptions and technical understanding of local groundwater resources. Are residents aware of shallow groundwater system often associated with riparian areas? Do they understand the potential impacts to shallow groundwater and adjacent stream water quality?
This research explores urban groundwater perceptions, landscape management behavior, and technical understanding among riparian landowners in Ames Iowa (n=613), particularly focusing on the shallow groundwater system associated with fourth-order streams in the community. Landowner perceptions were investigated utilizing a close-ended mail and on line survey.
Survey results suggest a general lack of understanding about shallow groundwater and stormwater runoff. A majority (73%) of respondents has a sump pump installed their home, and 49% reported hearing the pump running at least three times each year. Despite this, a majority (59%) of survey respondents indicated they were unsure if groundwater was present on their property. While 55% of respondents believed there is some physical connection between shallow groundwater and stream flow, 41% indicated they were unsure if the two systems were connected. Results are useful in local groundwater monitoring model development as well as riparian landowner education concerning groundwater resources.
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Chapman, Ryan. and Wagner, Mimi. "Urban Groundwater: Resident perceptions and understanding of non-point source pollution" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, Jul 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235587_index.html>

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Chapman, R. and Wagner, M. , 2008-07-26 "Urban Groundwater: Resident perceptions and understanding of non-point source pollution" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235587_index.html

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Abstract: Strategies to effectively manage water resources at the regional or national scale must integrate the perspectives of the public. Management of groundwater resources, in particular, is critical because of its use as a water supply for urban areas. Also, preventing groundwater pollution is much cheaper than restoring polluted aquifers. A very limited amount of research has been dedicated to exploring urban resident perceptions and technical understanding of local groundwater resources. Are residents aware of shallow groundwater system often associated with riparian areas? Do they understand the potential impacts to shallow groundwater and adjacent stream water quality?
This research explores urban groundwater perceptions, landscape management behavior, and technical understanding among riparian landowners in Ames Iowa (n=613), particularly focusing on the shallow groundwater system associated with fourth-order streams in the community. Landowner perceptions were investigated utilizing a close-ended mail and on line survey.
Survey results suggest a general lack of understanding about shallow groundwater and stormwater runoff. A majority (73%) of respondents has a sump pump installed their home, and 49% reported hearing the pump running at least three times each year. Despite this, a majority (59%) of survey respondents indicated they were unsure if groundwater was present on their property. While 55% of respondents believed there is some physical connection between shallow groundwater and stream flow, 41% indicated they were unsure if the two systems were connected. Results are useful in local groundwater monitoring model development as well as riparian landowner education concerning groundwater resources.

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