Urban groundwater, stream conditions, and homeowner perceptions

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Chapman, Ryan
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Mimi M. Wagner
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Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture is an environmental design discipline. Landscape architects actively shape the human environment: they map, interpret, imagine, draw, build, conceptualize, synthesize, and project ideas that transform landscapes. The design process involves creative expression that derives from an understanding of the context of site (or landscape) ecosystems, cultural frameworks, functional systems, and social dynamics. Students in our program learn to change the world around them by re-imagining and re-shaping the landscape to enhance its aesthetic and functional dimensions, ecological health, cultural significance, and social relevance. The Department of Landscape Architecture was established as a department in the Division of Agriculture in 1929. In 1975, the department's name was changed to the Department of Landscape Architecture and Community Planning. In 1978, community planning was spun off from the department, and the Department of Landscape Architecture became part of the newly established College of Design. Dates of Existence: 1929–present
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This research explored biophysical and social aspects related to non-point source pollution in shallow groundwater systems and tributary streams with a specific focus on nutrients. Monitoring data from 12 shallow wells were examined for nutrient levels and flow direction. A survey of riparian homeowners (n=624) was utilized to evaluate knowledge and beliefs regarding groundwater as well as perceived problems and values related to the stream. Results suggest that groundwater flows from an adjacent neighborhood towards a small tributary stream while carrying nutrient loads. Survey results identified a lack of understanding regarding shallow groundwater and pollutant movement into stream water and aquifers. Results also suggest that respondents identified impacts caused by problems more frequently than the causes of the problems. Respondents also appeared to value streams differently based on demographic and proximity factors.

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