Technical Results
Education

Education efforts included lot-by-lot soil tests with fertilization recommendations, meetings with the property owners’ association, one-on-one discussions and demonstrations of appropriate fertilizer application methods. The education efforts were not as successful as anticipated. Analysis of yearly survey results of all residents in the study watersheds indicated that, in general, residents of all three watersheds across several years of study showed no differences in behaviors such as lawn care (i.e., watering, fertilization), pet waste disposal and car washing. One example result is shown below (Table 1). However, some changes were found: more residents of the LID subdivision composted their leaves than in the other two subdivisions (Table 2).

More results can be found in the final report.

Table 1. Percentage of residents who fertilize their lawn, grouped by study area, 2004. No significant difference among groups was found. Table 2. Percentage of residents who compost their leaves, grouped by study area, 2004. Significantly more LID residents composted their leaves than the other two groups.
Fertilized Lawn
Control
LID
Traditional
NO
15%
12%
0%
YES
85%
88%
100%
Composted Leaves
Control
LID
Traditional
Compost Leaves
9%
35%
6%

 



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