How does current management of water quality align with ecological health and human well-being? A preliminary study of Virginia
January 2017 - June 2017
- Virginia Tech Global Change Center
OBJECTIVES: Our overall aim was to integrate available geo-referenced socioeconomic, human health, and biophysical water (WQ) data to answer the following questions: 1. To what extent is human well-being (HWB) spatially correlated with healthy waterbodies and how do such relations vary across regions and socio-cultural groups? 2. What are local WQ managers’ perceptions of the greatest threats to waterbodies and to what extent are these perceptions supported by available data? 3. What are local WQ managers’ beliefs about a) how to achieve WQ goals and b) common knowledge and desires of local publics relative to WQ?