In July, DHM Research conducted a poll of 1,200 residents in Idaho, Oregon and Washington about their environmental concerns. Water quality was the top concern for residents across the three states. EarthFix commissioned the survey to get a pulse of how Northwest residents are feeling about a variety of environmental issues.
DHM Research’s John Horvick was surprised to find that most of those surveyed thought water quality had not improved since the Clean Water Act was enacted 40 years ago.
Horvick says, “Because people do value their water so highly, I would have guessed that they would have said things had improved more over time.”
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EarthFix has begun an ongoing series of in-depth stories called Clean Water: The Next Act. Other relevant reporting covers proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington and challenges with oil spills in Northwest waters.
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