Knowledge, Perceptions and Understanding of Groundwater and Groundwater Issues: A Texas Survey
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The purpose of this study was to answer this question posed by The Meadows Center: What are Texas residents’ knowledge, perceptions and understanding of groundwater? Questions posed in the online and print versions of the survey also asked about respondents’ perceptions of current and future groundwater availability, their perceptions of what impairs groundwater quality, the impact of certain land uses, practices and pollutants on groundwater quality, and their sources of drinking water. Respondents were asked about the priorities they placed on groundwater use in times of decreased supply of, or increased demand on groundwater. Because groundwater conservation districts have the authority to manage and oversee groundwater quality and quantity, the survey culminated with a question asking if respondents were aware of the existence of these districts.