State Water Resources Research Institute Program


Project Id: 2010ME199B
Title: Improving Access to Wellwater Information: A Pilot Information Transfer Project
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: 2
Focus Categories: Groundwater, Water Supply, Education
Keywords: 186: Public Health, 121: Information Dissemination, 98: Groundwater Management, 101: Groundwater Quality, 104: Health Effects, 281: Water Treatment
Principal Investigators: Wilson, Laura R (University of Maine Cooperative Extension); Jemison, John; Leahy, Jessica; Peckenham, John ; Tolman, Andy
Federal Funds: $ 3,329
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 23,175
Abstract: We will develop, deliver and evaluate multiple outreach methods to convince adults in Maine and other rural New England locations to test their private wells. These methods include participation in local health fairs, stand-alone wellwater workshops, community events, and/or adult education programs. We will partner with the student-generated data program GET WET!, and use new information about arsenic and fluoride in well water to better understand how the presentation of local contaminant information can influence homeowners' decisions to test and treat well water. Through our evaluation process, we will determine which outreach methods were most successful, with the goal of using this evaluation information to develop a long-term statewide coordinated private well outreach effort.

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