The Risky Business of Water Resources Management: Assessment of the Public’s Risk Perception of Oregon’s Water Resources
The premise of this study was to assess the Oregon public’s risk perception concerning Oregon’s water resources. The state has a long-held reputation of having an overabundance of water; however, water shortages, droughts, and impaired water bodies throughout reveal this is not an accurate perception. Climate change models and population growth are projected to exacerbate Oregon’s water situation. A 2010 survey questionnaire was distributed to 1,563 randomly selected Oregon households to elicit the risk perception of ten water-related activities. With a response rate of 51%, the study found the public perceived agricultural and forestry practices as the two greatest risks and private wells as the lowest risk activity. A Risk Perception index found on average the public view the state’s water resources at a moderate risk. These findings can assist water resource managers throughout the Western United States as they develop and implement management strategies in response to climate change.
Hubbard, Monica L.. (2020). "The Risky Business of Water Resources Management: Assessment of the Public’s Risk Perception of Oregon’s Water Resources". Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 26(7), 1970-1987. https://doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2019.1632167