Oregon's integrated water resource planning : public knowledge, risk perception, and civil society Public Deposited

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  • The overall purpose of this research is to assess the Oregon public's capacity to address water resources disturbances through civil society. According to scientists and resource managers, Oregon's water resources are over taxed and at risk, with future projections placing additional stress from climate change and population growth. Oregon's 2009 House Bill 3369 directed the Oregon Water Resources Department to develop a statewide Integrated Water Resource Strategy (IWRS) to address these challenges and meet current and future water needs. Prior to IWRS' implementation it is important to understand if the Oregon public has the capacity to understand and respond to disturbances in water resources as the inability to respond can undermine the state's IWRS implementation. For this study a "disturbance" is a change in Oregon's water quantity, quality and or availability. The ability to respond to a disturbance by the public is associated with the concept of civil society. Civil society is a method where members of Oregon's public can understand and engage in water resource issues in Oregon and has three key components: (a) being informed about a policy issue; (b) interacting with others about the issue; and (c) engaging in a practice to make a policy change. Yet, even with the conditions in place for a civil society response to a disturbance, management implementation can be inhibited due to low knowledge and inaccurate risk perception. Using a statewide mail survey to 1,563 randomly selected households, this study examined the Oregon public's dimensions of civil society, knowledge, and risk perception concerning Oregon's water resources. Findings suggest the public has the dimensions of civil society in place to respond to a disturbance in Oregon's water resources, as well as sufficient risk perception. However, the public's level of factual and self-assessed knowledge is less than optimal. This low level of knowledge has the potential to inhibit or limit water resource management efforts by the state.
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