Newly Released Water Quality Trading Policy Templates

Newly Released Water Quality Trading Policy Templates

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Willamette Partnership and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) are proud to announce the release of five water quality trading policy templates. The templates make it faster and easier to develop transparent and accountable water quality trading programs that drive meaningful investment toward achieving clean water goals. The templates go along with the National Network on Water Quality Trading publication, Building a Water Quality Trading Program: Options and Considerations, to provide a blueprint for those states and organizations seeking to create a water quality trading program.

Water Quality Trading Toolkit – Version 1.0 (August 2016) consists of five templates that work in concert with each other: state guidance, watershed framework, state rule, NPDES permit, and program annual report. The templates can be used as a starting point, a checklist of important considerations, or customizable sample language.

In the coming months, ACWA will continue to provide guidance, advice, and assistance filling in the Toolkit templates based on the context and trading objectives of particular states and organizations. ACWA and Willamette would like to thank USDA and EPA for supporting this project, and all the state agency representatives and other stakeholders that helped review and refine the Toolkit.  

We welcome your thoughts, feedback, and experience applying the first version of the Toolkit.

Water Quality Trading Toolkit – Version 1.0 (August 2016)

Willamette Partnership Staff