Improving Urban Vegetation for Water Quality

Plants benefit cities in many ways: They regulate climate and air quality, provide recreational opportunities, and much more. Yet we know little about the impacts of various kinds of vegetation on the location, movement and quality of urban water or about what influences decisions regarding urban vegetation.
This project is exploring:

  • how people decide how to manage vegetation on public and private lands and how social networks influence such decisions
  • how land cover and management decisions affect water quality
  • how government and other institutions use information about behavior and the effects of vegetation cover and water quality to help or hinder links between people and the environment.

By identifying factors that shape management of vegetation and land cover in urban landscapes and determining the consequences of management for waterways and ecosystem services, the researchers hope to develop strategies for improving water quality in urban settings.

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