Individualized Water Source As An Indicator Of Attitudes About Water Management And Conservation In Humid Regions

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Tanga McDaniel Mohr, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Public perceptions about water quantity and water as a common pool resource are understudied in humid regions. As water demand increases, the need to more closely manage water, even in humid areas, will increase, requiring better understanding how people perceive their water supply, how they view paying for water conservation and how water user characteristics influence attitudes. A survey finds correlations between utilizing an individual water source (e.g. well or spring) and attitudes toward water management and conservation. Compared to respondents with a shared water source, those with an individual source believe they are segregated from regional water concerns. They are less willing to pay for water management or conservation measures and less supportive of any government intervention in water management. These results suggest that planners and water managers may face resistance to conservation policies or any policy based on the idea of water as a common pool resource.

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Kristan Cockerill, Peter A. Groothuis, Tanga McDaniel Mohr & Courtney Cooper (2016). "Individualized water source as an indicator of attitudes about water management and conservation in humid regions," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59:8, 1341-1359, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2015.1075871. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
water management, conservation, common pool resource, public perception, geography

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