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My Landscaping and Water Quality Survey for Portage-Arcadia Creek Watersheds-2019 Post

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Your Water Resources
1. Do you know where the rain water goes when it runs off of your property?
No
Yes
2. If you answered 'Yes' above, where does your rain water drain to?
Your Opinions
Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree
1. The way that I care for my lawn and yard can influence water quality in local streams and lakes.
2. It is my personal responsibility to help protect water quality.
3. It is important to protect water quality even if it slows economic development.
4. My actions have an impact on water quality.
5. I would be willing to pay more to improve water quality (for example: though local taxes or fees)
6. I would be willing to change the way I care for my lawn and yard to improve water quality.
7. The quality of life in my community depends on good water quality in local streams, rivers and lakes.
Water Impairments
Below is a list of water pollutants and conditions that are generally present in water bodies to some extent. The pollutants and conditions become a problem when present in excessive amounts. In your opinion, how much of a problem are the following water impairments in your area?
Not a Problem Slight Problem Moderate Problem Severe Problem Don't Know
1. Sedimentation (dirt and soil) in the water
2. Phosphorus
3. Bacteria and viruses in the water (such as E.coli / coliform)
4. Salt / TDS / Chlorides
5. Algae in the water
Sources of Water Pollution
The items listed below are sources of water quality pollution across the country. In your opinion, how much of a problem are the following sources in your area?
Not a Problem Slight Problem Moderate Problem Severe Problem Don't Know
1. Discharges from industry into streams and lakes
2. Excessive use of lawn fertilizers and/or pesticides
3. Stormwater runoff from rooftops and/or parking lots
4. Stormwater runoff from streets and/or highways
5. Street salt and sand
Practices to Improve Water Quality
Please indicate which statement most accurately describes your level of experience with each practice listed below.
Not relevant for my property Never heard of it Somewhat familiar with it Know how to use it; not using it Currently use it
1. Use phosphate free fertilizer
2. Use rain barrels
Specific Constraints of Practices
Rain Garden : A garden that uses native plants to absorb and filter stormwater collected off a roof, parking lot, sidewalk, or driveway.
1. How familiar are you with this practice?
Not relevant
Never heard of it
Somewhat familiar with it
Know how to use it; not using it
Currently use it
2. If the practice is not relevant, please explain why.
3. Are you willing to try this practice?
Yes or already do
Maybe
No
How much do the following factors limit your ability to implement this practice?
Not at all A little Some A lot Don't Know
4. Don't know how to do it
5. Time required
6. Cost
7. The features of my property make it difficult
8. Insufficient proof of water quality benefit
9. Desire to keep things the way they are
10. Physical or health limitations
11. Hard to use with my farming system
12. Lack of equipment
Making Decisions for my Property
In general, how much does each issue limit your ability to change your management practices?
Not at all A little Some A lot Don't Know
1. Personal out-of-pocket expense
2. My own physical abilities
3. No one else I know is implementing the practice
4. Approval of my neighbors
5. Don't know where to get information and/or assistance about those practices
6. Concerns about resale value
7. Not being able to see a demonstration of the practice before I decide
About You
1. Do you make the home and lawn care decisions in your household?
Yes
No
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. What is the approximate size of your residential lot?
1/4 acre or less
More than 1/4 acre but less than 1 acre
1 acre to less than 5 acres
5 acres or more
4. Do you own or rent your home?
Own
Rent
5. Which of the following best describes where you live?
In a town, village, or city
In an isolated, rural, non-farm residence
Rural subdivision or development
On a farm
6. What is your zipcode?
7. What is your age?
18-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+
Thank You
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