Water Quality Markets
Water quality credit trading can provide a cost-effective means to improve water quality and increase opportunities for conservation on private lands. OEM is partnering with stakeholders to develop the tools and infrastructure needed to support environmental markets. Markets for nutrients, temperature, and sediment load reductions are developing across the U.S.
“In it Together: A How-To Reference for Building PointNonpoint Water Quality Trading Programs,” Willamette Partnership
NTT (BETA): Nutrient Tracking Tool
National Agricultural Library Water Quality Spotlight
Nitrogen in Agricultural Systems: Implications for Conservation Policy
Water Availability and Water Management; Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network
Environmental Market Issue Papers
These issue papers, prepared by the World Resources Institute with support from USDA’s Office of Environmental Markets, investigate the roles of conservation programs and government in water quality trading markets.
Other Federal Resources
US EPA Water Quality Trading Toolkit
Innovations in Watershed-Based Conservation in the United States: Payments for Watershed Services for Agricultural and Forest Landowners
Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide
AFT: Protecting Water Quality
Willamette Partnership: Building a Total Maximum Daily Load to Better Support Water Quality Trading
Willamette Partnership: Verification in Markets for Water Quality & Habitat