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A survey of the attitudes of Minnesotans toward the use, maintenance and development of the Mississippi River in Minnesota was conducted. Background information on the diverse physical nature of the project Universe (those 23 Minnesota counties which the River flows through or is adjacent to) was collected covering the topics of waterflow, soils, population change, changing riparian land use, and recreational opportunities. Great physical and cultural diversity was found in the project Universe. Attitudes of residents were measured by a 40 item mail questionnaire sent to 5,000 residents of the project Universe; 101 in-depth interviews were also conducted. Respondents provided data on their characteristics, evaluated the desirable and undesirable characteristics of the River, evaluated the role of media in providing them with environmental information, expressed attitudes toward the use of the River, how River pollution should be controlled and financed, and provided data on what aspects of their life styles they were and were not willing to change to improve environmental quality. Secondary students were also surveyed in a separate effort to quantify significant difference of attitudes held by youth and adults. Two significant findings were that Minnesotans do not desire to curtail their uses of energy to improve environmental quality, and the perceived present uses of the River are exactly opposite to the uses the public desires.
Baron, Norman J., Cecil, E. James, Ludwig, James P., Tideman, Philip J. 1972. Survey of Attitudes Towards the Mississippi River as a Total Resource in Minnesota. Water Resources Research Center.
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Baron, Norman J.; Cecil, E. James; Ludwig, James P.; Tideman, Philip L..
Survey of Attitudes Towards the Mississippi River as a Total Resource in Minnesota.
Water Resources Research Center, University of Minnesota.
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