Idaho Introducing Legislation to Establish a Voluntary WQT Program

February 08th, 2021

The Idaho House Environment, Energy & Technology Committee voted to introduce legislation to create a voluntary water-quality trading program (House Bill 99). See House Bill 99 here and more information at The Capital Press.

Maryland Tackling Stormwater with First-of-its-kind Partnership

September 29th, 2020

Opti has created a new public-private partnership to benefit the Chesapeake Bay watershed through advanced stormwater control technology. In November 2019, a joint venture between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III, Walmart, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Opti Development Partners LLC was announced to help reduce pollutants and curb local flooding in Maryland. More information at Waste Today Magazine.

First Water Quality Trade with Oyster Investments in Maryland

May 12th, 2020

Baltimore's Convention Center (Maryland) has purchased four pounds of nutrient credits to offset impact of removing oysters with prceeds going back to Orchard Point Oyster Co and Blue Oyster Environmental, who brokered the deal. More information at Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

The Fox Canyon Water Market: A Market-Based Tool for Groundwater Conservation Goes Live

May 11th, 2020

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) used a $1.8 million Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop the Fox Canyon Water Market, a market-driven apporach to reduce groundwater pumping. More informationa at USDA's blog.

Maryland Highway Administration Piloting Nutrient Credit Exchanges for Education

April 29th, 2020

The Maryland Department of Transportation is seeking to meet part of their MS4 permit by recieving nutrient credits for education through a pilot program with the Baltimore-based Living Classrooms Foundations. More information at Capital Gazette.