The sinking sea below: Drought and water perception in Lubbock, Texas
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This research focuses on people's perception involving nature. Water shortages and water rights are two issues having far reaching environmental and ecological implications in Lubbock, Texas. Severe drought and a steadily increasing population suggest that Lubbock has to deal seriously with water issues. A survey of Lubbock residents will indicate how water is conserved; how they believe water issues should be addressed by government, and what factors they believe to have contributed most to water waste. Responses to these questions will be linked to respondents' demographics to determine if attitudes and opinions differ based on age, gender, educational attainment, and ethnicity. Water administration officials will also be interviewed to determine what steps Lubbock has taken to conserve water beyond implementing water restrictions upon residents. Also yard care practices will be analyzed qualitatively. Ultimately this study seeks to determine if the Geography of Lubbock residents’ homes makes a difference in how water usage is perceived and conserved in Lubbock, Texas.