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Urban Ethnohydrology: Cultural Knowledge of Water Quality and Water Management in a Desert City Ecology and Society
Gartin, Meredith; School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University;; Crona, Beatrice; Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Sweden; Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University; beatrice.crona@stockholmresilience.su.se; Wutich, Amber; School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University; Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University ;; Westerhoff, Paul; Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University ;.
Popular concern over water quality has important implications for public water management because it can both empower water utilities to improve service but also limit their ability to make changes. In the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona, obtaining sufficient high-quality water resources for a growing urban population poses a major challenge. Decision makers and urban hydrologists are aware of these challenges to water sustainability but the range of acceptable policy and management options available to them is constrained by public opinion. Therefore, this study examines cultural models of water quality and water management, termed ethnohydrology, among urban residents. The study yields three key findings. First, urban residents appear to have a shared...
Tipo: Peer-Reviewed Reports Palavras-chave: Cultural consensus; Cultural model; Freelist; Perceptions; Phoenix; Urban; Water quality.
Ano: 2010
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