Many lakes are degraded by urban stormwater runoff. One way to reduce these impacts is installing rain gardens that absorb water running off impervious surfaces. The study reported here explored how the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) can be used to inform storm water management outreach campaigns. Regression analyses of survey data were used to inform how Extension natural resource educators can more effectively encourage people to install rain gardens. Attitudes toward rain gardens and subjective norms were positively associated with behavioral intent. Perceived behavioral control was not significantly associated with behavioral intent. Implications for Extension educators are discussed.
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Shaw, B. R., Radler, B. T., Chenoweth, R., Heiberger, P., & Dearlove, P. (2011). Predicting Intent to Install a Rain Garden to Protect a Local Lake: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. The Journal of Extension, 49(4), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss4/7