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  • Residential Stormwater Survey Public Attitudes, Awareness and

    Behavior

    Cunningham Environmental Consulting

    Bainbridge Island, WA

    December 2011

    Prepared for

    Kitsap Peninsula Clean Runoff Collaborative

    Project Partners

    Kitsap County

    City of Bainbridge Island

    City of Bremerton

    City of Gig Harbor

    City of Port Orchard

    City of Poulsbo

  • Table of Contents

    Executive Summary ................................................................................................................ i

    Milestones Achieved .................................................................................................................... i

    Recommendations for Future Outreach Programs......................................................................ii

    1. Project Overview ............................................................................................................... 1

    Background and Purpose of the Survey ...................................................................................... 1

    Survey Methodology ................................................................................................................... 1

    Sample Weights ...................................................................................................................... 2

    Data Analysis ........................................................................................................................... 3

    Respondent Profile ...................................................................................................................... 3

    Note about Percentage Totals ................................................................................................ 6

    2. Key Findings ...................................................................................................................... 7

    Study Area Lifestyles ................................................................................................................... 7

    Yard Care Practices ...................................................................................................................... 7

    Pet Waste Disposal ...................................................................................................................... 8

    Vehicle Maintenance ................................................................................................................... 9

    Car Washing ................................................................................................................................ 9

    Attitudes and Awareness of Educational Outreach .................................................................. 10

    3. Detailed Findings ............................................................................................................. 11

    Environmental Behavior Index Results ..................................................................................... 11

    Yard Care Practices .................................................................................................................... 13

    Use of Lawn and Garden Products ....................................................................................... 13

    What Happens to Yard Waste ............................................................................................... 16

    Cleaning Paved Areas ............................................................................................................ 17

    Pet Waste Disposal .................................................................................................................... 18

    Dog Ownership ..................................................................................................................... 18

    Dog Waste Pickup and Disposal Behaviors ........................................................................... 19

    Vehicle Maintenance ................................................................................................................. 21

    Car Washing .............................................................................................................................. 24

    Vehicle Car Washing at Home............................................................................................... 24

    Commercial Car Washes ....................................................................................................... 25

  • Fundraiser Car Washes ......................................................................................................... 26

    Attitudes and Awareness of Educational Outreach .................................................................. 28

    Basic Awareness about the Fate of Stormwater Runoff ...................................................... 28

    What Activities Contribute Most to Water Pollution ........................................................... 29

    Awareness of Messages about Stormwater ......................................................................... 30

    Puget Sound Starts Here ....................................................................................................... 31

    Reporting Spills and Suspicious Substances in Local Waters ................................................ 32

    Are the Messages Effective ................................................................................................... 33

    4. Jurisdictional Comparisons ............................................................................................... 35

    Yard Care Practices .................................................................................................................... 37

    Use of Lawn and Garden Products ....................................................................................... 38

    What Happens to Yard Waste ............................................................................................... 41

    Cleaning Paved Areas ............................................................................................................ 42

    Pet Waste Disposal .................................................................................................................... 43

    Vehicle Maintenance ................................................................................................................. 46

    Car Washing .............................................................................................................................. 49

    Attitudes and Awareness of Educational Outreach .................................................................. 55

    Basic Awareness about the Fate of Stormwater Runoff ...................................................... 55

    Awareness of Messages about Stormwater ......................................................................... 56

    Reporting Spills and Suspicious Substances in Local Waters ................................................ 58

    Are the Messages about Proper Activities Effective............................................................. 59

    5. Changes in Behaviors and Attitudes since the 2008 Survey ............................................... 64

    Respondent Profile .................................................................................................................... 64

    Yard Care Practices .................................................................................................................... 67

    Use of Lawn and Garden Products ....................................................................................... 67

    What Happens to Yard Waste ............................................................................................... 68

    Cleaning Paved Areas ............................................................................................................ 68

    Pet Waste Disposal .................................................................................................................... 69

    Dog Ownership ..................................................................................................................... 69

    Dog Waste Pickup and Disposal Behaviors ........................................................................... 69

  • Vehicle Maintenance ................................................................................................................. 71

    Car Washing .............................................................................................................................. 72

    Vehicle Car Washing at Home............................................................................................... 72

    Commercial Car Washes ....................................................................................................... 73

    Fundraiser Car Washes ......................................................................................................... 73

    Attitudes and Awareness of Educational Outreach .............................................................. 74

    Are the Messages about Proper Activities Feel Good or Really Effective ............................ 77

    Environmental Behavior Index ………………………………………………………..……….…….……………..79

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