The National Network on Water Quality Trading
We’re facilitating a national conversation on how to improve consistency, innovation, and integrity in water quality trading.
Over the last five years, Willamette Partnership and the National Network on Water Quality Trading have made it faster, easier, and less expensive to implement water quality trading programs that bring new sources of funding to scale conservation on farms for clean water and co-benefits.
In 2019, Willamette Partnership wrapped up our second term as coordinator of the National Network. We took this as an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the many years of work with our Network partners, improving the consistency, innovation, and integrity of water quality trading. We’re excited to share those accomplishments and insights from our partners in this short retrospective.
The National Network on Water Quality Trading works collaboratively on advancing water quality trading as a strategy to help achieve clean water goals in a watershed near you.
WATERSHEDS IN TROUBLE
More than half of the country’s rivers, lakes, and estuaries are not meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act to provide clean drinking water, support recreation, or fish and wildlife habitat.
Significant progress has been made through regulation of factories, power plants, wastewater facilities, and other such “point” sources, but there’s a lot of improvement to be made in unregulated places, like neighborhoods, forests, and farms.
Water quality trading is a means of reaching clean water goals in which point sources can purchase pollution reductions created by land managers using conservation practices. Despite a strong community of practitioners, however, water quality trading has not been widely adopted.
A NATIONAL NEED
In 2013, Willamette Partnership and World Resources Institute convened 18 organizations representing farmers, utilities, environmental groups, and regulatory agencies delivering water quality trading programs to form the National Network on Water Quality Trading.
Willamette Partnership continues to coordinate and facilitate the network with funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The National Network on Water Quality Trading started with 18 organizations in 2013, representing the diversity found in most emerging trading programs in the country, including agriculture, wastewater and stormwater utilities, environmental groups, regulatory agencies, and practitioners delivering water quality trading programs.
The steering committee includes the following organizations and agencies:
American Farmland Trust
Association of Clean Water Administrators
Electric Power Research Institute
Kieser & Associates, LLC
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Mississippi River Collaborative
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
National Milk Producers Federation
The Freshwater Trust
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
World Resources Institute
Publications and News
The National Network on Water Quality Trading’s new report investigates what’s keeping water quality trading on the sidelines and proposes a detailed action agenda to help get water quality…
The National Network on Water Quality Trading is working on identifying and addressing the barriers to the widespread use of water quality trading.
Drive meaningful investment toward achieving clean water goals with water quality trading. These new videos introduce templates that states can use to design transparent and accountable water quality trading…
Working With the Market: Economic Instruments to Support Investment in Green Stormwater Infrastructure
A new report summarizes how stormwater managers can spur green stormwater infrastructure while tapping new sources to finance that investment.
Willamette Partnership brought over 50 leaders together in Washington D.C. this month to brainstorm how economic incentives could drive stormwater management more quickly and more effectively. We share five…
Willamette Partnership and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) are proud to announce the release of five water quality trading policy templates.
Willamette Partnership and the Association of Clean Water Administrators release of five water quality trading policy templates designed to make it faster and easier to develop transparent and accountable water quality…
A publication on how to build a water quality trading program with examples, options, and considerations to help design a program that meets local needs.
A new online guide to water quality trading can help farms, utilities and other businesses cut pollution and restore U.S. waters to their swimmable, fishable best.
Have a conversation with us on the new reference for water quality trading program design.
Learn about the National Network on Water Quality Trading in this summary, including its purpose, what does it do, who is involved, and how it is funded.
Get in touch about the national conversation on water quality trading.