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WEF Releases Book on Water Quality Trading

On July 1, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will release Advances in Water Quality Trading as a Flexible Compliance Tool. This new book explores the status of water quality trading and recent changes in the sector. It is a guide for implementing and using water quality trading for regulatory compliance purposes. Water quality trading is […]

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Federal Agencies Call Virginia Water Quality Trading Program A National Model

On Dec. 16, federal government representatives, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and others came together to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality lauded the trading scheme as a model […]

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EPRI To Host Auction for Water Quality Trading Credits

On April 16 in New York City, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will host its first public auction for stewardship credits under the pilot interstate Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading project. Interested participants should notify EPRI by March 16. About 90,000 Stewardship credits for nutrient reduction efforts generated by farmers in Ohio, Indiana, […]

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Iowa Water Utility Could Sue Over Farm Runoff

On Jan. 8, the Des Moines Board of Water Works issued an intent to sue three northwest Iowa counties — Sac, Buena Vista, and Calhoun — over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The potential lawsuit is an attempt to require better management of fertilizer runoff on agricultural lands, as nutrients […]

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Duke Study Supports Water Quality Trading

New research led by Duke University shows that water quality trading has the potential to significantly reduce water pollution in river basins and estuaries faster and at a lower cost than requiring facilities to meet compliance costs on their own. The research paper, “Optimizing the Scale of Markets for Water Quality Trading,” was published in […]

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Pacific Northwest Agencies and Partners Announce Water Quality Trading Recommendations

On Aug. 18, the Willamette Partnership, Freshwater Trust, and U.S. EPA Region 10, as well as water quality agency staff from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington released draft recommendations on water quality trading approaches in the Pacific Northwest. The recommendations are based on the group’s evaluation of policies, practices, and programs across the country. The analysis […]

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Innovative Financing Accelerates Stormwater Management

Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. use innovative financing mechanisms to expand green stormwater infrastructure and meet water protection goals.

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Ohio River Basin Trading Program Transacts First Credits

On March 11, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) transacted the first interstate credits for  nutrients in the United States, officially launching water quality pilot trades in the Ohio River Basin. Duke Energy, Hoosier Energy, and American Electric Power are the first buyers in the program. Collectively, the companies purchased 9000 stewardship credits, agreeing to […]

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Draft Chinese Water Plan Focuses on Water Conservation and Pollution Controls

China will focus on water quality, preserving the health of aquatic ecosystems, and protecting drinking water based on a draft Water Pollution Prevention Plan released by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection in February, Bloomberg BNA reports. China Environmental News indicated that US$329 billion (2 trillion yuan) could be spent implementing measures to improve industrial and […]

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National Network on Water Quality Trading Launches

The National Network on water quality trading, a coalition of government officials and environmental and industry organizations, launched Jan. 14. The goal of the network is to establish a national dialogue and to “provide options and recommendations to improve consistency, innovation and integrity in water quality trading.” Currently, state and local trading programs exist across […]

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