Pollution survey shows need for education

Frankfort, KY – A new telephone survey indicates a need to make Kentuckians more aware of the effects of runoff pollution on waterways. For instance, only 16-to-26-percent of those surveyed believe pet waste, fertilizers, pesticides and leaky septic tanks pose pollution threats. Transportation Cabinet environmental engineer John Drake believes public education programs can help.

We do educational training and efforts. And we also - what we want to do, is measure how effective some of those efforts are, so we can focus better on who to educate.

Survey respondents believe television is the best way to educate the public on ways to improve water quality. The seven-month, regional survey of 45-hundred Kentucky adults was conducted by the University of Kentucky.