The University of Connecticut (UConn), as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) national research program, requests volunteers to participate in a brief survey and choice experiment on how individuals value the services that farmers provide to improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin. By implementing best management practices (BMPs), such as planting cover crops, managing animal waste, and other BMPs, farmers can reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that enters rivers and waterways. Water quality in the Ohio River Basin's rivers and streams can depend on citizens supporting farmers' services.
This UConn study aims to obtain information about your preference for water quality credits and the associated environmental co-benefits. Your participation would provide data that would enable us to measure the economic value of these credits and their environmental benefits.
To show our appreciation for your effort, we will be giving a $10 electronic gift card to the first 400 respondents, via the email you provide at the end of the survey. However, this will be subject to a verification process to ensure we send only a single gift card per individual and, also, to verify our respondents are humans rather than computerized "robots" responses generated by computer hackers. In addition, you have an opportunity to receive $100 that would be a part of your income if you are randomly selected from one (1) out of twenty (20) participants. In our survey, you can use this income for your personal expenses, buy water quality credits with their associated co-benefits, or support other environmental or charitable organizations. Your sincere opinion is appreciated.
We want to assure you that every response we receive would be kept confidential. We would only use the aggregated data collected from all participants to conduct our project analysis and publish our findings. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete for most people, in our experience. Your participation is highly appreciated.
Please click here if you would like to participate in the survey.
If you have any questions about this study or your rights as an intended research participant, we would be happy to talk with you and answer all your questions. Kindly contact Eniola through this email: OhioRiver-UCONN-Study@uconn.edu