Background The Victorian Government in Australia has been running 5-yearly biophysical monitoring programs of the health of its rivers. This monitoring results in an Index of Stream Condition.

Objective The aim of our research was to develop social indicators of river health that would inform state and community engagement programs directed at improving community and farmer adoption of practices for improving river health.

Methods We conducted a literature review, interviews with Catchment Management Authorities and a telephone survey of 1030 community representatives in three major catchment regions of Victoria.

Results We produced a statistical model that predicts for river health behaviours We identified four major groups of social indicators that cna be measured through a survey to inform community engagement activities

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Social indicators of river health inform biophysical outcomes

Jenni Metcalfe   Econnect Communication

Michelle Riedlinger   Econnect Communication

Anne Pisarski   Queensland University of Technology

Background The Victorian Government in Australia has been running 5-yearly biophysical monitoring programs of the health of its rivers. This monitoring results in an Index of Stream Condition.

Objective The aim of our research was to develop social indicators of river health that would inform state and community engagement programs directed at improving community and farmer adoption of practices for improving river health.

Methods We conducted a literature review, interviews with Catchment Management Authorities and a telephone survey of 1030 community representatives in three major catchment regions of Victoria.

Results We produced a statistical model that predicts for river health behaviours We identified four major groups of social indicators that cna be measured through a survey to inform community engagement activities

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