The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation conducts two types of surveys: water quality surveys and public opinion surveys.
WREC’s water quality surveys focus on monitoring to show a change in water quality. Sample sites are located on the Wabash River up and downstream of Greater Lafayette and on three tributaries – Little Pine Creek (control), Little Wea Creek (agricultural) and Elliot Ditch (urban). Sample sites are paired in an effort to identify changes in water quality. WREC also conducts biological and volunteer monitoring. Learn more about the water quality surveys program at Water Quality Monitoring.
A total of five surveys of Tippecanoe County residents have been completed as part of Wabash River Enhancement Corporation and Purdue University Natural Resources Social Science Lab efforts. These surveys each have their own focus and goals and are described in more details below. WREC and our partners completed five public opinion surveys since 2006. Surveys target a variety of landowners throughout Tippecanoe County and the Greater Lafayette Region. The first survey occurred in 2006 and targeted random landowners throughout Tippecanoe County. In 2009, two surveys occurred – one targeting agricultural landowners only and one targeting Lafayette/West Lafayette residents. Two surveys conducted in 2010 targeted the same general populations but focused specifically on water quality issues aimed at increasing adoptions of practices to improve water quality.