Schonrock, April Elizabeth (2005-08). An Internet survey of private pond owners and managers in Texas. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • This study was designed to integrate a mailing list-based survey with an internetbased presentation/response in order to take into account the trend toward selfadministration that is evident in everyday interactions with automated services that have taken the place of personal interactions. A random sample of 2,999 was taken from applicants for Triploid Grass Carp Permits from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. A forty-nine question survey was constructed containing five sections: general pond characteristics, physical pond characteristics, aquatic vegetation, fish and other wildlife, and management goals. The primary emphasis of this study was to determine what specific problems Texas pond owners faced, how widely these problems occurred, and where pond owners got the information they used to deal with pond management problems. A secondary emphasis of the project was to examine the potential presented by the Internet for use in this type of information gathering and distribution for Texas Cooperative Extension. An overall response rate of 21.3% (excluding non-deliverables and unusable submitted surveys) was obtained. Summary statistics for each question were calculated and then compared in order to gain a clearer picture of the pond management practices employed by Texas pond owners. These results indicated some initial discrepancies between pond owners?? management practices and current management recommendations, most dramatically where aquatic vegetation was concerned. The internet-based survey methodology worked effectively to lower the cost of distribution and the workload of data entry when compared to the mail survey. These benefits outweighed the disadvantages caused by survey error with the new methodology.
  • This study was designed to integrate a mailing list-based survey with an internetbased
    presentation/response in order to take into account the trend toward selfadministration
    that is evident in everyday interactions with automated services that have
    taken the place of personal interactions. A random sample of 2,999 was taken from
    applicants for Triploid Grass Carp Permits from the Texas Parks and Wildlife
    Department. A forty-nine question survey was constructed containing five sections:
    general pond characteristics, physical pond characteristics, aquatic vegetation, fish and
    other wildlife, and management goals. The primary emphasis of this study was to
    determine what specific problems Texas pond owners faced, how widely these problems
    occurred, and where pond owners got the information they used to deal with pond
    management problems. A secondary emphasis of the project was to examine the
    potential presented by the Internet for use in this type of information gathering and
    distribution for Texas Cooperative Extension. An overall response rate of 21.3%
    (excluding non-deliverables and unusable submitted surveys) was obtained. Summary
    statistics for each question were calculated and then compared in order to gain a clearer picture of the pond management practices employed by Texas pond owners. These
    results indicated some initial discrepancies between pond owners?? management practices
    and current management recommendations, most dramatically where aquatic vegetation
    was concerned. The internet-based survey methodology worked effectively to lower the
    cost of distribution and the workload of data entry when compared to the mail survey.
    These benefits outweighed the disadvantages caused by survey error with the new
    methodology.

publication date

  • August 2005