National Water Quality Trading Conference

Opportunities for agriculture in water quality trading was the focus of the 2nd National Water Quality Trading Conference, May 23-25, 2006, in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference examined the fundamentals and mechanics of water quality trading, and highlighted examples of trading programs.

The conference also addressed the economic and environmental benefits of water quality trading, explored the opportunities and challenges associated with developing and implementing trading programs, and encouraged discussion of the future of trading.

This conference was organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Foundation. Cooperating organizations included: American Farm Bureau Federation; Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies; Ducks Unlimited; Environmental Trading Network; Miami Conservancy District; National Association of Conservation Districts; National Association of Counties; National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; Soil and Water Conservation Society; The Fertilizer Institute; U.S. Conference of Mayors; Water Environment Federation; and World Resources Institute.

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