The National Network develops collaborative products that can benefit the water quality trading community and advance Network goals of consistency, innovation, and integrity.

Over the past two years, the Network’s dialogue has focused on identifying common trading issues and the options, considerations, and examples important to building a trading program. The following materials are products of that dialogue.

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Building a Water Quality Trading Program walks through 11 key elements many trading programs consider in their design, with examples, options, and clear pros and cons for program design to help stakeholders build a program that meets local needs. For each of these elements, there is no “one size fits all solution.” Instead, there are considerations that make different options more or less viable under different conditions.

Water quality trading programs are still evolving and must adapt to ever-changing circumstances and requirements, so this is a “living” document, open to additions and updates.

Stakeholder Summaries

These stakeholder summaries were written by National Network participants, each one authored by a member of a different stakeholder community – agriculture, clean water utilities, environmental advocates, regulatory agencies, and trading practitioners. The summaries provide an overview of why members of that community would care about trading, opportunities and challenges for participation, the roles that they are likely to play, and the critical issues affecting those communities most.


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Clean Water Community

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State and Interstate Water Quality Administrators

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Environmental Community

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Trading Practitioners

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Economic Approaches to Green Stormwater Infrastructure

This report is designed to help stormwater program managers leverage market forces for implementation and investment in green infrastructure. It is based upon discussion at the National Network 2016 fall dialogue, covering the motivations that drive investment in stormwater infrastructure; a set of program options that work with market forces for more effective and efficient investment in stormwater infrastructure; the issues that limit these approaches; and ways to get beyond these hurdles. It was written by Storm & Stream Solutions LLC and Willamette Partnership, with collaboration from WEF’s Stormwater Institute. It benefited from expert review by the workshop conveners - Mami Hara and Paula Conolly of the Green Infrastructure Exchange and Dan Vizzini of Oregon Solutions and Willamette Partnership - as well as numerous dialogue participants.

Download the full report, or read the summary handout.

The Water Quality Trading Toolkit

Willamette Partnership and the Association of Clean Water wqt_templatesAdministrators(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.