||Public Participation in Water Pollution Control Policy and Decision Making.
Davi, Adam Clarke ;
||North Carolina Water Resources Research Inst., Raleigh.
||UNC-WRRI-74-88; DI-14-31-0001-3233; OWRR-A-049-NC; 05953,; A-049-NC(3)
Public opinion ;
North Carolina ;
Decision making ;
State government ;
Social communication ;
Water pollution control ;
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A study is described of public awareness and concern about stream pollution, and more particularly, about a series of public hearings on stream classification held by the North Carolina Board of Water and Air Resources. Telephone surveys of a random sample of households in the areas affected found: A generalized awareness of stream pollution; a concern about its importance; a tendency to see stream pollution as a major topic of state concern; a limited knowledge about state agencies; and little knowledge of the public hearings despite the efforts of the agency. Few respondents attended the public hearings. Analysis of attendance at the hearings tended to show a relatively low level of public participation. Representatives of organized activities whose activities were immediately affected were present.