Stormwater runoff pollution, the untreated water that results when rain picks up pollutants as it travels to area water bodies, has been cited as the greatest threat to water quality in the United States. To address this problem, Texas, along with many other states are administering the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Phase II” federal stormwater program. Under Phase II rules, entities that produce stormwater are regulated through permits. Permit holders are required to employ best management practices that prevent or reduce polluted stormwater runoff, conduct outreach and education, provide opportunities for public participation, and perform good housekeeping practices within their own operations.

Gathering baseline measures of residents’ perceptions and attitudes regarding water quality and the behaviors that negatively impact stormwater runoff will improve future state and local government outreach efforts.