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RACC 2013 Water Quality Survey

Oriented toward the policy and governance implications of climate change on water quality of
the Lake Champlain Region, the 2013 RACC Water Quality Survey seeks to understand
Vermonters’ attitudes toward, and awareness of, water quality, climate change, and individual
and social responsibility for both. These are its key findings:

  1. Vermonters are deeply concerned about water quality, more so than any other
    surveyed policy issue.
  2. Vermonters believe that water is a public good, and that we ought to focus on the
    maintenance of recreational opportunities, high quality of life, and economic health as
    the primary impacts of water quality policy.
  3. Vermonters show a strong preference for state-level responsibility for water quality,
    and also believe that responsibility ought to be clearly designated.
  4. Vermonters are convinced that adequate funding ought to be dedicated to water
    quality in Vermont.
  5. Vermonters are largely unwilling to allow tax increases or fees in order to fund water
    quality initiatives and enforcement.
  6. Vermonters show the highest level of acceptance of one-time development fees,
    increased stormwater fees, and excise taxes, with the greatest acceptance being for
    fees or taxes that are directly related to water usage to fund water quality initiatives
    and enforcement.
  7. Vermonters’ recreational habits are significantly impacted by water quality.
  8. Socioeconomic, cultural, and life stage factors influence Vermonters’ perception of
    water quality-related legal and economic issues.
  9. Vermonters have a fairly high level of confidence in experts on climate change.

For a copy of the full report click HERE