Building Citizen Capacity
There is increasing recognition among agencies, extension and other public programs with environmental missions that individuals and communities are essential components in solving the problems of water protection and improvement. However, the social science research base that underlies social practice still lags far behind that of the physical and natural sciences. The goal of this volume has been to make the latest theories as well as quantitative and qualitative evidence about citizen participation accessible to the specialists and technical staff who regularly work with watershed residents and communities. This science is necessary if citizen capacities are to be fostered and encouraged.