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Delivering Green Streets: an exploration of changing perceptions and behaviours over time around bioswales in Portland, Oregon

Everett, Glyn; Lamond, Jessica; Morzillo, Anita; Chan, Faith; Matsler, A Marissa

Authors

Jessica Lamond Jessica.Lamond@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Real Estate and Flood Risk Management

Anita Morzillo

Faith Chan

A Marissa Matsler



Abstract

© 2015 The Authors. Journal of Flood Risk Management published by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Green Infrastructure (GI) is an increasingly popular means of dealing with flooding and water quality issues worldwide. This study examines public perceptions of, and behaviour around, bioswales, which are a popular GI facility in the United States. Bioswales are highly visible interventions requiring support from residents and policy-makers to be implemented and maintained appropriately. To understand how the residents' perceptions and attitudes might develop over time, we interviewed residents of Portland, Oregon, living near bioswales installed 1–2, 4–5 and 8–9 years ago, to determine awareness, understanding, and opinions about the devices. We found no consistent patterns across time periods, but did find common issues affecting residents' appreciation and acceptance: environmental attitudes, awareness and understanding of purpose and function, plant choice and maintenance, and mess and littering. It was apparent that increased public engagement, localised maintenance strategies, and possibly even customising facilities to meet residents' needs where feasible, might improve acceptance.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Journal Journal of Flood Risk Management
Electronic ISSN 1753-318X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue S2
Pages S973-S985
Institution Citation Chan, F. K., Matsler, A. M., Morzillo, A. T., Lamond, J. E., Everett, G., Everett, G., …Matsler, A. M. (2018). Delivering Green Streets: an exploration of changing perceptions and behaviours over time around bioswales in Portland, Oregon. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 11(S2), S973-S985. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12225
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12225
Keywords sustainable drainage systems, public engagement, flood mitigation, water quality
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12225

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