Caroline Donovan is the Program Manager for the Integration and Application Network (IAN) group at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She oversees project management, communication coordination, and data analysis. Caroline has developed ecosystem health report cards in Chesapeake Bay and the Mississippi River Watershed, as well as regional report cards in Sandusky, Ohio and coastal Georgia. She has coordinated the development of standard indicators and methods for local watershed organizations in the mid-Atlantic, as well as facilitated the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition group, which worked to implement ecosystem monitoring protocols.
Her research specialties include Science Communication, Integrated Assessment, and Coastal Ecology. Caroline obtained her academic training from University of North Carolina-Wilmington (B.S.) and
Who’s willing to change their behaviors in the interest of Chesapeake Bay health? Limited by financial constraints, it may be ideal for watershed organizations to focus their stewardship and educational initiatives on actions most likely adopted by their constituents. The Bay Survey, hosted online between 2013-2015, asked participants questions about stewardship practices in and around their homes. The survey found that more people are likely to plant a rain garden if provided with help financially; most people do not have a rain barrel, but those who do have them installed and hooked up; and, there is an equal likelihood people will install rain barrels as rain gardens at their home. These are just a few of the results that will be presented during this seminar. This presentation looks at the results of The Bay Survey in Maryland and compares the counties with the best return rates (Anne Arundel and Dorchester).