Water quality trading

October 22, 2017

According to New GAO Report, Market-Based Solutions to Address Water Pollution Need More Support

This week the Government Accountability Office issued a new report titled “Water Pollution:  Some States have Trading Programs to Help Address Nutrient Pollution, but Use Has Been Limited.” What GAO Found In 2014, 11 states had 19 nutrient credit trading programs, and trading provided flexibility for some point sources, such as wastewater treatment plants, to […]
April 10, 2017

OECD Touts Market-Based Solutions to Solving Complex Water Pollution

Linking to a new OECD report that touts water quality trading and other innovative and market-based approaches to solving water pollution from diffuse sources.  The report begins, Decades of regulation and large investments to reduce point source pollution have brought substantial gains for the economy, human health, environment and social values.  But water quality challenges […]
March 1, 2017

Workshop on Maryland Nutrient Trading/Tracking (MNTT) Maryland Department of Agriculture March 15, 1-4 p.m. at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD

The Agricultural Certainty and Trading Programs use the state-specific version, the Maryland Nutrient Trading/Tracking Tool or MNTT, of the multi-state platform known as the Chesapeake Bay Trading/Tracking Tool or CBNTT to determine baseline eligibility and/or credit generation capacity.  MDA has just completed a re-calibration of the MNTT to reflect the updated APEX model and some […]
August 31, 2016

State Blueprint Now Available for Water Quality Trading

The Association of Clean Water Administrators and Willamette Partnership this month released a toolkit for states who are interested in establishing water quality trading as a way to restore degraded waters.  Water quality trading is a market-based approached that can help to accelerate the restoration of water impaired by various pollutants, including excess nutrients from […]
February 19, 2016

NRDC Issues New Report Supporting Water Quality Trading to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

The NRDC issued this past week a new report titled “How to: Stormwater Trading Credit Programs.”  The report begins: When rain runs off impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, streets, and roofs, it collects a wide range of toxic pollutants, which are then dumped, usually untreated, into local waterways. With older “combined” sewer systems, the problem […]
November 15, 2015

Fewell's Focus: Markets & Bold Action

Reprinted from Water & Waste Digest Fri, 2015-11-06  EPA workshop explores expansion of water markets to accelerate watershed restoration As Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” This article by design will cover the spectrum of small- to big-mindedness, with the singular goal of advancing the […]