To better understand water resources decision-making and to include stakeholders in the design and delivery of research and educational products, and to educate diverse stakeholders about water resources management, a range of activities were included in the project. Two social science research projects were conducted to identify the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors held locally about water resources in both personal and professional situations. This was the first social science research conducted in Collier County on watershed management.
The Project Advisory Group provided insights on the design and analysis of all major research efforts and assisted in sharing the information with others through supporting RBNERR staff in setting up meetings and presentations. A series of presentations were also given throughout the region, and information was shared through the creation of handouts for decision-makers, a poster for students and teachers, and an exhibit on land-use in the Rookery Bay watershed that was installed in the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.
Download printer-friendly fact sheet (4 MB) about social science research on water attitudes
Literature review of attitudes, beliefs and behaviors related to water and water-related decision-making (2.1 MB)
Qualitative Case Study Research on Attitudes and Perceptions of Stakeholders in the Rookery Bay Reserve Watershed (1.1 MB)
Research on Water Councils, Watershed Groups, and Watershed Management (0.5 MB)
Getting the Water Right poster (JPEG - 3 MB)
Four-page Project Summary handout (14 MB)