The 2015 Maine and New Hampshire Coastal Resident Survey helps identify the perceptions, values, and attitudes of Maine and New Hampshire residents about water quality along the Gulf of Maine coast. The survey also identifies perceptions of risk, assesses information gathering behaviors related to water quality, and provides the context to improve the alignment of coastal management practices with resident attitudes.
As increases in tourism and recreational opportunities bring more coastal visitors to the Gulf of Maine, coastal water quality becomes an increasingly serious public health and environmental issue. The Maine and New Hampshire Coastal Resident Survey is part of a larger research effort through the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST) Safe Beaches and Shellfish Project to address data gaps and provide scientific information to inform policy assessment and design. The survey focuses on the valuation, perceptions, and attitudes of Maine and New Hampshire residents regarding water quality along the Gulf of Maine coast. The goals of this survey include: