Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2016CT296B

State of Water Resources in Connecticut from a Human Dimensions Perspective – Baseline Data

Institute: Connecticut
Year Established: 2016 Start Date: 2016-03-01 End Date: 2017-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $14,992 Total Non-Federal Funds: $32,422

Principal Investigators: Anita Morzillo

Abstract: Compared to biophysical aspects, the human dimensions of water resources and management is understudied, particularly in regions perceived to be “water rich.” The objective of this pilot research is develop and synthesize baseline state-level knowledge related to human dimensions of water resources for Connecticut, information which is needed as a foundation for future research, and that can inform the state’s comprehensive water plan currently in development. The observational unit for the proposed research is the individual town (n = 169). A fact-finding structure, grounded theory approach, and mixed-mode qualitative and quantitative methods will be applied to data collection. Such an approach and methods will allow the reseracher to account for and adapt to variation in data availability and structure across Connecticut towns. Variables to be assessed will include 1) water sources and distribution, 2) recent, current, and anticipated future water concerns or issues and actions taken, and 3) demographic and socioeconomic information. Anticipated products include a synthesis of basic social science data related to water resources, data availability, and future data needs (i.e., “missing data”). Results will be organized within a geographic information systems (GIS) framework as a platform for future in-depth analysis such as, for example, public perceptions of water resources across the state. Results will be presented at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources and in one peer-reviewed journal. Two students will develop technical skills in social science data collection and analysis, database development, and GIS analysis.