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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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Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Supporting Adaptive Management

On Dec. 12, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 190, providing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with more flexible and cost-effective options for protecting water quality on a watershed scale. The new law paves the way to expand adaptive management and water quality trading, as it allows for pollutant-specific Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination […]

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EPA and USDA Partner to Support Water Quality Trading

On Dec. 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a partnership to further water quality trading. Their goal is to improve water quality through a market-driven approach that provides a cost-effective means for complying with Clean Water Act requirements. Trading allows regulated entities to purchase and use pollutant […]

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Court Dismisses Suit Against Water Quality Trading

On Dec. 13, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit challenging the legality of water quality trading under the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had asked to dismiss the case, Food & Water Watch and Friends of the […]

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D.C. Proposes Revised Stormwater Rule With Trading Scheme

In 2011, the District of Columbia adopted a precedent-setting stormwater permit that requires onsite retention with green infrastructure. Newly developed properties larger than 465 m2 (5000 ft2) will have to retain 30 mm (1.2 in.) of rain onsite for 24 hours, while redeveloped sites must capture a 20-mm (0.8-in.) storm. The redevelopment standards apply only […]

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