Volunteers are important contributors to Extension conservation efforts. Volunteer water monitoring is one solution for involving people so they become educated about local ecosystems and acquire data used to detect ecological threats. The study reported here measured relationships among Wisconsin's Stream-Monitoring Program's volunteers' motivations and perceptions of program efficacy, analyzing how these are associated with intention to stay involved as stream monitors. Findings indicate four categories of motivations and three categories of efficacy related to volunteers' perception of the program.
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Akin, H., Shaw, B., Stepenuck, K. F., & Goers, E. (2013). Factors Associated with Ongoing Commitment to a Volunteer Stream-Monitoring Program. The Journal of Extension, 51(3), Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss3/25