Water Conflicts and Contradictions: Recreation and Invasive Species in Saratoga Lake
Molly Bergen '06, Leah Wohl-Pollack '08, Michael Ennis-McMillan, Department of Anthropology, and Karen Kellogg, Department of Biology and Environmental Studies Program
Through a stakeholder analysis of our local water issues, we found that recreation and invasive species are, in part, shaping people's perceptions of Saratoga Lake as a supplemental drinking water source for Saratoga Springs. To further explore recreation and invasive species, we transcribed over forty interviews with informed county residents and coded them for themes. Based on these data, we concluded that residents' perceptions of Saratoga Lake are influenced by their desire to protect their recreational interests, representing the economic and emotional value they place on Saratoga Lake. We also concluded that personal interaction with invasive species influences residents' perceptions of which species are problematic and which species management plans are desirable. Our study indicates that personal interests often overshadow environmental concern for Saratoga Lake.
Full report is not available. Please contact Karen Kellogg for more information.