Survey asks respondents about Lake Erie usage

If you live, work, or play on western Lake Erie, researchers in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of Toledo and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department want you.

Specifically, they want you to take a brief, voluntary online survey to collect information about behaviors and attitudes of Lake Erie users. Anyone 18 and older can participate, and it takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey’s opening section asks about your current use of the lake, including the activities you participate in, how often, and the degree of water contact. The final section of the survey asks general demographic information. You can skip questions you may not want to answer without invalidating the survey.

Participants are asked specifically to avoid giving their names, though any responses will be kept confidential. Participants thus will not be directly linked to responses or included in any way in the research.

Individuals completing the survey and providing contact information will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $50 gift cards. Any questions can be directed to Barbara Saltzman at UT, 419-383-5394.

On a personal note, I found it interesting, in taking the survey myself, just how much I have engaged in lake-related activities in the past 45-plus years. I especially like the comment section, in which individuals can raise concerns, from health effects from toxic algae to the dangerous, disruptive impacts of invasive species.

It is easy to ignore participating in such research, but it is important for the critical environmental management and political issues involving the lake. Your  comments do count. So take the survey, available online at http://tinyurl.com/UTwater.

 

Categories: Blog Content, News, Ohio – Steve Pollick

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