This project is developing four study locations in three states (Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Arizona) experiencing differing water quality and quantity challenges. In each site we are building local capacity, providing technical assistance, and providing biophysical data consistent with study site priorities, as well as helping sites develop and implement their own engagement plans and activities. Throughout every stage of the project a robust social and biophysical data collection process is being developed to evaluate the effectiveness of community engagement strategies and approaches in different physical, social, economic, and political contexts. Primary research methods include 1) a pre-and post-engagement data collection design in the four study locations; 2) assessing social/behavioral effects of stakeholder engagement at the individual, collective and institutional levels; and 3) assessing biophysical impact through changes in practice implementation and water quantity and quality parameters. For more information on each state and site see Project Sites.
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