The Water Quality Trading Toolkit

Willamette Partnership and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) developed five water quality trading policy templates to 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, which provides a blueprint for 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.

ACWA provides guidance, advice, and assistance filling in the Toolkit templates based on the context and trading objectives of particular states and organizations. To help get users started, ACWA and Willamette Partnership are developing a series of videos to explain how to use the Toolkit’s templates. The first video is an introduction to the Toolkit, and the second video covers what’s in the templates. Check them out below!

Video 1: An Introduction to the Water Quality Trading Toolkit

Video 2: An Overview of the Water Quality Trading Toolkit – What’s inside each of the templates

Video 3: Nonpoint Source Baseline Basics

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. The videos were produced with support from USDA.