*This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under BCS-SBE Grant No. 0326975. The authors would like to thank Barbara Trapido-Lurie, Noelwah Netusil, and Marc Bosworth for their assistance and helpful input on this project. Constructive criticism from three anonymous reviewers was also incredibly helpful. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF or the individuals acknowledged herein.
An Analysis of the Relationship between Residents' Proximity to Water and Attitudes about Resource Protection*
Article first published online: 25 JUL 2007
The Professional Geographer
Volume 59, Issue 3, pages 316–333, August 2007
How to Cite
Larson, K. L. and Santelmann, M. V. (2007), An Analysis of the Relationship between Residents' Proximity to Water and Attitudes about Resource Protection. The Professional Geographer, 59: 316–333. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9272.2007.00615.x
- Issue published online: 25 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 25 JUL 2007
- Initial submission, May 2006; revised submissions, September and November 2006; final acceptance, December 2006.
- environmental attitudes;
- place attachment;
- water resource geography
This article investigates attitudes toward water resource protection among residents in varying proximities to resources, specifically to identify attitudinal differences and the extent to which nearness and adjacency explain attitudes. Proximity was evaluated by measured distances using GIS and reported closeness from a mail survey. Five attitudinal dimensions were assessed: general importance of resource protection, support for government, regulations, and economic measures, and combined overall attitudes. Nearness to water was most significant in explaining economic support, and adjacency for generally expressed importance. Attitudes differed most toward regulations. Overall, the relationship appears nonlinear. Empirical findings have implications for resource management, especially equity criteria in decision making.