Public Attitudes Toward Water Management and Drought in the United States Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2014, Water Resour Manage, All rights Reserved. Water management is becoming increasingly salient as climate change continues to alter the environment, resulting in more severe and frequent droughts. To address water management issues, large-scale projects may be needed. However, public support is often a prerequisite for governments at all levels to enact such projects. Given the growing importance of these issues, there are few recent studies that explore public attitudes, preferences, and risk assessments about water related resource allocations. Will the public act to constrain the actions of their elected officials? Is the public ready to begin considering policies, regulations, and expenditures that address the potential impacts of increased drought frequency on local, state and national water resources? This research reports the results of two national public opinion surveys in the United States that focused on water management and drought issues. The results indicate that the public is willing to support government efforts to manage water, but not if they negatively affect the environment or agriculture.

altmetric score

  • 2.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Stoutenborough, J. W., & Vedlitz, A.

citation count

  • 42

publication date

  • February 2014