State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012PA184B
Title: Pennsylvania Water Resources Sustainability Surveys
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2014
Congressional District: 5
Focus Categories: Management and Planning, Education
Keywords: Water Resources Survey Stakeholders Policy Planning Management Education
Principal Investigators: Swistock, Bryan Reed; Boyer, Elizabeth; Craig, Patricia; Sherwin, Lysle
Federal Funds : $ 25,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 50,223
Abstract: Concerns over water resources have been growing in Pennsylvania in recent years, in response to severe droughts and floods, a growing population, increasing demands for water, and the need to understand how changes in land use and climate will affect water quantity and quality. Such concerns led to the passage of the state's Water Resources Planning Act and an initial state water plan. This and other activities have highlighted the vast diversity of water stakeholders in the state, each of whom has various perspectives on priorities for water. For example, Pennsylvania currently lacks a holistic approach to its water management. The state's drinking water, water used for industrial and agricultural purposes, and lake and river water are monitored and managed by independent agencies and stakeholders. Questions remain about how much water we're using relative to how much is being replenished. A primary objective of the PA-WRRC is to plan, facilitate, and conduct research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems. Toward those goals, a necessary first step is to articulate the breadth of water issues facing the state, and to prioritize them. Here, we will accomplish that via a set of surveys and white papers. The primary activity will be a broad survey of >5000 stakeholders to describe their perceptions and knowledge of water issues. This will engage a diversity of citizens, from various age groups, educational levels, land management settings (and environmental settings (e.g., urban vs rural), industrial setting (e.g., agriculture, natural gas drilling); and socio-economic status.

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