Collaborative Approaches to Reducing Excess Nutrients
EPA has supported the use of water quality trading, offsets and similar programs for achieving compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Clean Water Act for many years. In partnership with stakeholders and other federal agencies, EPA has renewed this effort to leverage emerging technologies and facilitate broader adoption of market-based programs in the near-term.
- Creating a Framework for Market-based Approaches
- Nutrient Reduction Case Studies
- Collaborating with Stakeholders
Creating a Framework for Market-based Approaches
- EPA Financing Available to Support Market-Based Water Quality Improvement Programs Memo (pdf) (September 30, 2020)
Press Release: EPA Announces New Water Quality Trading Policy Memorandum (February 6, 2019)
Nutrient Reduction Case Studies
These case studies highlight efforts nationwide to use market-based approaches to reduce excess nutrients.
- Cattle Grazing Land Leasing Program - Everglades, South Florida
- Dixie Drain Phosphorus Removal Facility - Boise, Idaho
- NEW Water Silver Creek Pilot Project - Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) Program - Washington, D.C.
- Yahara Watershed Improvement Network (Yahara WINS) - Wisconsin
Collaborating with Stakeholders
Press Release: EPA Signs MOU with The Water Research Foundation Advancing Nutrient Management Efforts (February 1, 2019)
Press Release: EPA and USDA Encourage Use of Market-based and Other Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients (December 4, 2018)
Sample letter sent to state environmental and agricultural programs (December 4, 2018)