Department

Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Science

Date

6-2010

Advisor(s)

Robert Flores

Abstract/Summary

This study used a fifteen-question survey to identify the articulation between education of water quality practices and the willingness to implement sustainable water quality techniques on farmland according to twenty-five agricultural operations residing on the Central Coast. Questions one through eight asked respondents to indicate their agreement or disagreement with various water quality assessment tools. Questions nine through twelve asked respondents to personally rate their operation’s level of water quality management on a scale from one to ten. Questions thirteen through fifteen were open-ended questions to generate responses about demographics. Consensus was reached that the higher the level of education about water-quality planning techniques, the higher the adoption rate of sustainable water quality implementation on farmland. In essence, this means less likelihood for surface water runoff and a high level of compliance with water-quality regulation.

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