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Overcoming barriers to community participation in a catchment-scale experiment: building trust and changing behavior

Darren G Bos, Helen L Brown



Communities have an important role to play in the protection of urban streams, particularly with how stormwater runoff from their properties is managed. As part of a larger research project, we used 3 sequential approaches to engage communities in protecting their local creek by managing their properties' stormwater runoff. We assessed their success through surveys and measurements of uptake. Our initial efforts elicited strong interest from the community, but participation rates were greatest when the application process was simplified and barriers to participation were removed. The sequential implementation of the approaches limits inference of their comparative effectiveness, but the resu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Linkage Program (LP0883610, LP130100295), the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Melbourne Waterway Research Practice Partnership, Victorian Smart Water Fund, Victorian Urban Stormwater and Recycling Fund, Caring for Our Country Investment Fund, Yarra Ranges Council, and Yarra Valley Water. HLB was supported by Endeavour Research Fellowships. The authors thank C. Walsh, T. Fletcher, and anonymous referees for commenting on the manuscript.