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  • February 14, 2018 - USDA’s Office of Environmental Markets is pleased to announce the release of the Nutrient Tracking Tool (NTT) for nation-wide use. Please be sure to check it out at NTT is based on the Agricultural Policy / Environmental eXtender (APEX) model, the same model used by the NRCS Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). This release marks the first national version of the tool, which has previously been developed for the Chesapeake Bay and a limited number of pilot states.


    NTT is free and available to the public at Those interested in learning more can attend a webinar hosted by the Office of Environmental Markets on February 14 at 2pm EST.


  • June 8-10, 2016 - "One Water Leadership Summit" - One Water Summit 2016 is the nation’s premier gathering of utilities, business leaders, policymakers, environmental advocates, community leaders, and researchers—in short, the country’s sharpest minds addressing our nation’s most urgent water challenges to build stronger and more prosperous communities.

    Summit attendees will assess how water drives economic growth, environmental sustainability, and opportunity for all in the United States. Through inspiring plenary sessions, interactive panels, mobile workshops, and caucuses, participants will strategize on how to accelerate the adoption of integrated, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to water resource management. 

  • May 24-26, 2016 - 

    "How Do You Know A Successful Trading Program When You See It?" 
    Join the National Network on Water Quality Trading May 24-26, 2016 in St. Louis, MO for a conversation on how to track, communicate, and use lessons learned from the successes and challenges experienced by water quality trading programs. From the dialogue, the Network will produce information new and evolving trading programs can use to track and communicate their progress. We will pull from the experience of active trading programs, business sustainability reporting, and the field of environmental evaluation. The dialogue will be convened by Jessica Fox from the Electric Power Research Institute and Bill Dennison from University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. 

  • April 25-26, 2016 - "Chesapeake Bay Environmental Finance Symposium" - The Symposium is designed to identify specific financing options, opportunities, and resources that can accelerate Chesapeake Bay restoration by creating effective and scalable connections to the private sector and the marketplace. The results of this unique two-day event will be a set of recommendations to the Executive Council that will help guide restoration financing into the future.

  • March 22, 20162016 White House Water Summit  
    On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – World Water Day – the Administration will host a White House Water Summit to raise awareness of the national importance of water, and to highlight new commitments and announcements that the Administration and non-federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future.

    Nearly 200 water experts, representing the full spectrum of interests (e.g. industry, technology developers, utilities, states and tribes, water associations, environmental advocacy, philanthropy), are expected to attend. EPA Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg will moderate a panel on Innovative Finance and Water Infrastructure Solutions. Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, will also attend. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. EDT to approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT and be livestreamed

    Safe, sufficient, and reliable water resources are essential to the functioning of every aspect and sector of U.S. society, including agricultural and energy production, industry and economic growth, human and environmental health, and national security. As climate change affects our nation’s water supplies, and our population continues to grow and shift, it will become increasingly important to build a sustainable water future. To reduce and mitigate the incidence and impact of water stresses on U.S. communities, it is essential to develop, implement, and deploy the type of sustainable, integrated, and long-term water-management strategies that will be highlighted during the Water Summit.

  • February 24, 2016 - "The President's Imposition of New Environmental Mitigation Regulations Hearing" - House Committee on Natural Resources. Click here for the hearing memo.

  • February 22, 2016 - Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee Meeting - The Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting from 1- 4 p.m. on Monday, February 22, in the first floor conference room (C-1) at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources headquarters, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Md. Parking is available across the street at the Naval Academy Stadium. Attendees should use Gate 6, which is the State employees' entrance.

    The Advisory Committee acts as an ongoing consultative group to provide direction to the overall trading program and to oversee further enhancement of the trading infrastructure. Its first task is to review and refine a comprehensive Maryland Trading Manual document, with the goal of finalizing the manual document and identifying other necessary actions by the end of April. 


  • September 15-17, 2015 - "National Workshop on Water Quality Markets" - The USDA and EPA are cosponsoring a National Workshop on Water Quality Markets. The Workshop will highlight recent progress in water quality trading across the country with an emphasis on policy, resources, and tool development. The Workshop will provide EPA and USDA with an opportunity to lay out their vision for the role of water quality markets in advancing conservation and water quality goals, and provide you with the tools to engage in water quality markets.
  • August 26-28, 2015“One Water Leadership Summit” - Join the movement toward One Water Management, as we strategize and show models of success in integration, innovation, and collaboration. This is the conference where leaders from all sectors (water, forest, landscape architects, community and business leaders) come together around the notion of water as an integrating and organizing strategy for building resilience in the urban environment. Green infrastructure and resource recovery techniques point the way to triple bottom line, environmentally, economically, and socially. NWQTA is a supporting partner of this event.
  • May 27, 2015 - Water Quality Trading Webinar from Penn State University - Water quality trading is drawing much interest as a market-based mechanism for water quality protection. This webinar will review what water quality trading is and why it is of interest for water quality protection. It will also describe applications of water quality trading in Pennsylvania and other places, and lessons learned.
  • May 20, 2015 - "EPRI Water Stewardship Credit Auction"- Private dollars have been invested in farm management practices to reduce nutrient runoff, support farmers, and provide important ecosystem benefits in the Ohio River Basin. Now, the resulting credits are available for purchase in the effort’s first public auction. Backed by science, metrics, and state approvals, “stewardship credits” can be applied toward sustainability goals, offsetting supply chain impacts, or even Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) obligations in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. 
  • April 27, 2015 - The Northeast Midwest Institute will be holding a congressional briefing to discuss the opportunities and latest developments involving nutrient trading. The NWQTA will be represented by Brent Fewell, who will be one of four panelists. Alex Echols, who serves on NEMW’s Board, was instrumental in creating this opportunity for the Alliance.
  • April 15, 2015 - Presentation on NWQTA to the Chesapeake Trading and Offset Work Group. The charge of the Trading and Offsets Workgroup (TOWG) is to focus and support the implementation of practices, policies, and programs within the realm of nutrient and sediment trading and offsets that will assist efforts to restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The Workgroup recognizes that trading and offsets may be valuable tools in achieving allocations set forth in the 2010 Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and water quality in general.
  • April 13, 2015 -  "The Business Case for Water Sustainability" - A Roundtable with Robert Glennon - The U.S. Water Alliance’s Business Advisory Council is pleased to host Professor Robert Glennon, one of the nation’s foremost experts on water law and policy, to explore these issues and the role of the business community in helping to develop sustainable water solutions. Glennon is Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law and the University of Arizona. Please join us for this timely and informative roundtable discussion.
  • March 9-10, 2015ACWA Mid-Year Meetings - The Association of Clean Water Administrators is holding its annual conference in Washington D.C. Please note that there will be a panel on trading on March 10 in the morning. Lee McDonnell of Pennsylvania, Allan Brockenbrough of Virginia and Carrie Sanneman will be discussing new developments including work of the National Network.
  • February 25, 2015 - Brown Bag Lunch on Water Quality Monitoring and Trading - Please join us for a joint brown bag lunch between the National Water Quality Trading Alliance (NWQTA) and the Partnership on Technology Innovation and the Environment (PTIE). During this brown bag lunch, members of NWQTA and PTIE will share details on their efforts to address water quality and discuss synergies and potential opportunities for collaboration. This event will be hosted at the Troutman Sanders Washington D.C. Office.
  • February 4, 2015 - The NWQTA Water Quality Trading Luncheon, to immediately follow the NACWA 2015 Winter Conference. This lunch will include a presentation on the state of water quality trading markets across the U.S. - with a particular emphasis on opportunities for point source credit purchasers - and the NWQTA's efforts to enhance and expand these markets.  


  • November 17, 2014 - "Clean Water Act: Law and Regulation," (ELI, ALI CLE Advanced Couse of Study) Highlights include an optional introductory lecture, which provides less experienced practitioners, or those needing a refresher, with grounding in the basic substantive law and practice issues, as well as a keynote address from Nancy Stoner, EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. 
  • October 27, 2014 - The NWQTA will Co-Host with the U.S. Water Alliance, "Agriculture, Trading, and Watershed Restoration." This roundtable discussion falls on the heels of the blue-green algae outbreak in Lake Erie that impacted the drinking supply of the City of Toledo, Ohio, caused by excess nutrients and stormwater runoff.  Guest speakers will include former Secretary of USDA and Governor of North Dakota, Ed Schafer, and former Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bruce Knight.
  • September 11, 2014 - Webinar: "Is a Water Quality Trading Program Right for Your Facility?" - Join Alex Johnson of The Freshwater Trust to explore how a water quality trading program might be the right solution for meeting your Clean Water Act compliance obligations. Water quality trading programs can bring together a watershed’s dischargers for a holistic approach to improving water quality, restoring habitat and applying public money in more cost-effective and ecologically appropriate ways. 
  • July 29, 2014 – US Water Alliance and NWQTA Co-Host  “Leveraging Market-Based Strategies to Solve Urban Stormwater Challenges” - In July of last year, the District of Columbia became one of the first major metropolitan areas in the U.S. to formally adopt storm water trading regulations aimed at helping to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and meet Clean Water Act requirements. The District of Columbia’s program seeks to reduce impervious runoff by encouraging landowners and developers to go beyond what the regulations require, using innovative and cost-effective solutions to generate tradable credits that, in turn, can be sold to landowners whose ability to reduce post-Guest speakers Jeffery Seltzer and Brian Van Wye, District Department of the Environment contributed to the discussion, along with current and former EPA officials, utility and business leaders, state water officials, and the Honorable Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland and current leader at Smart Growth America.