DOES SCIENCE-BASED INFORMATION INFLUENCE PUBLIC ATTITUDES ABOUT STORMWATER RUNOFF?
Results show that a while a majority of respondents do know what stormwater runoff is, they don’t understand that it goes directly to water bodies and is usually untreated. Respondents expressed the least concern about high temperatures and only moderate concern about salt and about runoff from roads, parking lots and buildings. Respondents agreed that stormwater needs to be managed and when asked if individual, county, state or federal officials should have authority for managing, county level was the most agreed to response. State-level funds, however, were the preferred choice to pay for management. Most importantly, providing more detailed science-based information clearly stating that temperature is an issue and that salt has long-term negative impacts had no influence on respondents’ general concern about stormwater runoff or water quality. It also did not influence attitudes about who should have management authority or who should pay for management.