Written on: December 12th, 2017 in Outreach
by Alison Rogerson, DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program (aka Delaware Wetlands)
Curious as to what Delawareans think about wetlands? In September of this year we polled 600 Delaware residents across our three counties to find out. We wanted to see if people knew what wetlands are, their benefits, if they think they are good or bad, and where they are getting information about the environment.
Based on the results we came up with ten Delaware Wetlands New Year’s Resolutions to help guide our program into the future. Hey, the survey finding might even help inform your program’s activities too. We are excited to get started!
Nearly half of survey participants said they never get outside to hike, birdwatch, hunt, fish or kayak.
An astounding number of people (85%) felt familiar with the term wetland and could provide some sort of definition!
3 out of 5 people in Delaware think water pollution is a somewhat or very serious problem.
Only half the residents surveyed thought it is a good thing to have a wetland near where they live. There were misconceptions that having a wetland near them would increase flooding.
4 out of 7 people don’t think a wetland exists within a mile of them. Yet 1/4 of Delaware’s land area is wetlands, so they are around every corner!
According to this survey, people are most likely to trust DNREC, the Division of Parks and Recreation, and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension with information about the natural environment.
75% of survey takers live on less than an acre of land.
Polled citizens are more likely to use a website to find information than social media or printed publications (mailers or newspaper).
For more information about the Delaware Wetlands Survey please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.