Bering Straits and Bristol Bay Coastal Resource Service Areas 

Research assessing residents’ perceptions and concerns about coastal resource issues on the Alaska coast. Local interviewers were trained to survey residents in villages using a scientifically valid questionnaire. The information was used to develop coastal resources management plans.

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services 

Qualitative research to evaluate a proposal to expand the City of Portland environmental overlay zone and provide greater protection for the city’s natural resources. Focus groups were conducted with both property owners potentially affected by the revised zone and with the general public. The project was followed by a survey to assess public perceptions about water quality, awareness of BES services, and support for increased fees to meet future needs

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission 

Focus group and survey research aimed at understanding Oregon and Washington residents’ opinions about solutions for declining salmon runs. Topics included dam removal, paying for salmon recovery, and attitudes toward Indian tribes.

Deschutes River Conservancy

Survey of residents in three central Oregon counties. The research assessed the community’s awareness and knowledge of the region’s rivers and streams, as well as their opinions about water management in the Deschutes River basin.


Quantitative and qualitative opinion research of water issues in Alaskan communities. The project included surveys of Alaska residents, followed by 23 in-depth interviews of tribal and municipal leaders throughout the state. Focal points of the research included perceptions and concerns about local waterways, awareness of water issues and resources, and interest in learning more about these topics through university-hosted workshops with residents from other communities.

Idaho Conservation League

Survey of Idaho voters to understand their opinions about wilderness designations in general, and about a proposal to set aside 500,000 acres of the White Cloud Mountains as a protected wilderness area.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Public opinion research with residents along the Columbia River about their understanding of the estuary ecosystem, water pollution problems, and individual methods of pollution prevention.

Metro—Recycle at Work

Focus group research of Portland-area business managers responsible for recycling decisions at their workplace. The purpose of the research was to better understand recycling practices for businesses, perceptions of Metro’s recycle at work program, needs and priorities for recycling, and communications and marketing approaches. 

Metro—Climate Smart Communities

Qualitative and quantitative research with business leaders, residents, and teens in the Portland area to inform Metro’s efforts to increase the effectiveness of their communications about climate change and sustainable living.

The Salmon Project

Multi-part study to understand how Alaskans from diverse backgrounds view the role of wild salmon in the social, cultural, economic, and ecological life of the state. Qualitative and quantitative research explored Alaskans’ personal connection to wild salmon, perceptions its benefits to the state, concerns about threats to the resource, and attitudes towards economic development.

Unfiltered Regulatory Work Group

Survey to assess public opinion across the US about water safety, risk tolerance, and willingness to pay to upgrade water treatment. The interview sample included respondents from each of five cities: New York; Boston; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; and Tacoma, Washington.