You or your organization have been identified as participating in actions that positively impact water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin (LCB). This study is being conducted by Chris Koliba at the University of Vermont.
Water quality in Lake Champlain and in the LCB relies on unique levels of partnership between private, non-profit, and public entities. We are conducting research regarding water quality governance and these partnerships in the LCB. We invite you and your organization to participate in a study that examines how the different entities are connected through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and technical assistance. It is our objective to understand and map these connections as part of ongoing efforts to examine policy-making and project implementation to protect water quality in the LCB and across all of Vermont.
This survey is being conducted by scientists at the University of Vermont, Vermont EPSCoR, and the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project. Following the objectives of BREE, we seek to use this information to better understand and support our region's capacity to pursue and sustain surface and ground waters. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant # OIA1556770).
If you take part in this study, you will be asked to answer questions about your organization's role in improving or addressing water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. This study is in the form of an online survey. You will be asked to identify other organizations with whom your organization partners and the nature of those partnerships.
As a participant in this research study, there may not be any direct benefits for you. However, information from this study may benefit other people now or in the future.
We will do our best to protect the information we collect from you during this study. Your responses and identifying information will remain confidential. The identifiable information that will be collected are your name, email address, place of work, and job title.
There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study.
You will not be paid for taking part in this study.
All information collected about you during the course of this study will be stored with a code name or number so that we are able to match you to your answers. Your responses will be kept secure and protected in a password-protected system. Only the members of the research team will have access to your information. As part of a long-term study, your data will be kept for 10 years.
Taking part in this study is voluntary. You are free to not answer any questions or withdraw at any time. You may choose not to take part in this study, or if you decide to take part, you can change your mind later and withdraw from the study. If you choose to withdraw your participation from the study, your partial responses will not be saved or used. The survey should take 30-45 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact:
Dr. Christopher Koliba
Department of Community Development and Applied Economics
University of Vermont
firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-498-8172
Dr. Patrick Bitterman
University of Vermont
email@example.com or 802-656-7352
If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact the Director of the Research Protections Office at (802) 656-5040.
Your participation is voluntary, and you may refuse to participate without penalty or discrimination at any time.
You may wish to print this information sheet for your records before continuing.
Thank you for taking the time in helping us better understand these issues!
The BREE Social Systems Team