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Great Lakes Regional Water Quality Program

Resource managers have found that effective management of non-point source (NPS) water pollution requires addressing both environmental conditions and the choices that people make which impact the environment. The Great Lakes Regional Water Program developed a handbook that describes the Social Indicator Planning and Evaluation System (SIPES). SIPES provides step-by-step procedures for using social indicators to help plan, implement, and evaluate NPS management projects. Social indicators provide information about awareness, attitudes, constraints, capacity, and behaviors that are expected to lead to water quality improvement. SIPES is a useful tool for resource managers working in state or regional NPS management programs because it begins with a review of project plans and then guides projects through a process to collect, analyze, and use social indicators data at the beginning and at the end of a NPS project.

The Great Lakes Regional Water Quality Program is funded through a competitive grant from the NIFA National Integrated Water Program.

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Last Updated: 09/24/2008