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 A Comprehensive State-wide Survey and Evaluation of the Onsite Wastewater Industry and Regulations in Colorado, Phase I
Scheffe, B.L., Jatcko, J.D., and Gallaudet, S.
Item Number: NRL2006AC-26
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As the first component of a four-phase evaluative study, Front Range Precast Concrete (FRPC) developed the Colorado Onsite Research and Evaluation (CORE) Survey. The survey or questionnaire is a peer reviewed assessment tool with a wide variety of questions developed through numerous meetings with important onsite stakeholders within the state of Colorado. The survey was published online in November 2005 using QuestionPro® online surveying software. Either the environmental health official or the appropriate onsite wastewater program representative from each county in Colorado received an email with a link to their own individually coded survey, or a hard copy version. It was hypothesized that the survey would reveal variability in regulatory statutes, would show a lack of practices and procedures that are conducive to providing the best available technology to areas in need, and demonstrate the need and desire for guidance at the state level. Most counties were eager to respond. Fifty-five counties out of sixty-four total counties in the state responded creating a response percentage of 86%. Data from all respondents was managed in ArcView 9.0® which is a geographic information system (GIS) database. This allows the end user of the information gathered to observe geographic trends throughout the state. It allowed for multi-tiered comparisons to be made, and provided limited statistical analysis. Survey questions were queried alone and with other questions in order to highlight counties that fit the desired criteria. Whether it is an effort to reduce liability or just to simplify the permitting process, a majority of regulators surveyed are in favor of state policy. It is the opinion of the authors of this study, based upon the information collected and the interpretation of those data that the current procedures and practices in the onsite wastewater industry in Colorado are not conducive to providing the best available technology to environmentally sensitive areas.