Water Quality Trading

Trading organizations

Trading Tools

Regulatory Tools:

  • Agricultural Trading Tools:
    Nutrient Trading Tool (NTT): web-based software application designed to provide a comprehensive nitrogen leaching evaluation and reporting tool. It compares agricultural management systems to calculate the change in nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment loss potential, and crop yield.

    - LandServer: a web based tool that provides farmers and woodland owners with a quick and easy natural resource assessment, an evaluation of their property's potential to receive payments for implementing conservation actions, and information on how to get started.

    - Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide

  • Australia Market-Based Instruments by Catchment Management Authorities: 2007 Paper that discusses the many different types of offset and trading tools for water quality, water quantity, emissions, policy, etc.
  • Load-Based Licensing (LBL) Scheme: setting a cap on pollutant loads and creating a price signal to provide incentive for cost effective pollution abatement. Licensees must pay load based fees must calculate their emissions load using the Load Calculation Protocol and then calculate their pollutant load fees.
  • BioBanking: addresses loss of biodiversity and threatened species by creating a market in biodiversity credits, providing incentives to protect biodiversity values.
  • Bear River Trading Calculator: Technical Documentation on the "Trading Calculator" software application tool for watershed managers to examine different trading scenarios including evaluating potential buyers and sellers, the potential amount of pollutant reduction, and the likely cost of reduction.

  • Bay Bank: The Chesapeake's Conservation Marketplace, combines the best available tools to enable easy access to local, regional, and national ecosystem markets and conservation programs.

  •  MarkIt Environmental Registry: allows account holders to manage all their environmental credits - carbon, water, ecosystem, biodiversity - in one place.
  • Counting on the Environment: Ecosystem Credit Calculator (Draft) - Willamette Partnership presents draft documents for a calculator that is a combination of methods and processes that will allow a land manager to quantify the benefits or impacts their actions have for wetlands, salmonid habitat, upland prairie habitat, and water temperature.
  • Katoomba Group's Forum for Water Markets:  on-line platform designed to share ideas and discuss some of the emerging issues surrounding water quality and the use of market-based tools available in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Nutrient Net, online resource for reducing watershed nutrient runoff, developed by the World Resource Institute - Nutrient Net Brochure.

  • Water Quality Trading Toolkit for Permit Writers - First ever "how-to" manual on water quality trading.

Voluntary Tools:
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