Determining Storm Water Quality Awareness Among Boise City and Garden City Communities

Publication Date


Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Health Science, Environmental Health


Community and Environmental Health

Major Advisor

Sarah Toevs


Dale Stephenson


Edward Baker


In November 2000, a permit was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for “local stormwater discharges to the Boise River and canals” and “requires that the Partners for Clean Water work together to educate the community and keep pollutants out of our stormwater and environment.” The coalition of agencies that comprises the Partners for Clean Water had developed educational and outreach programs such as informative brochures, t-shirts, magnets, a telephone hotline, a quarterly newsletter, the Raindrop to River Stormwater Quality Questionnaire, “When it Rains it Drains” exhibit, Eddy Trout, storm drain marking program, public service announcements, and advertising campaigns. These educational and outreach programs all help to increase knowledge and awareness of stormwater quality within a community.

The purpose of this evaluation was two fold; first, to develop an effective questionnaire tool and survey methodology and second, to implement the survey and evaluation design, and prepare a final report to include a formal presentation. In addition, analysis of the data collected during the study, with the aforementioned tool, was to be conducted to determine the level of awareness among the targeted community. Also, the current educational and outreach programs were to be evaluated for effectiveness, as well as recommendations formulated for those programs and the implementation of a longitudinal study.

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