While we must figure out how to better spend traditional funding, we must also drive new conservation investment by converting conservation spending on facility improvements, with little environmental benefit, to restoration actions with better ecosystem response. Water quality trading is a means to that end.
Using Water Quality Trading To Fix Rivers
The Freshwater Trust has worked with Willamette Partnership and numerous other organizations to build scientific standards that quantify the ecosystem services nature provides into “units of good”—credits that can be traded and purchased by wastewater treatment facilities, power plants and other facilities to meet regulatory compliance, and for developers to mitigate their negative environmental impacts.
Even philanthropists and grant makers can buy credits from completed projects as an alternative to traditional grant making, to better meet missions and mandates. In all cases, the credits are generated through restoration actions that quantitatively improve overall freshwater health—the end result we seek at The Freshwater Trust.
How Water Quality Trading Works
Read our quick guide to water quality trading and its benefits.
Water Quality Trading FAQs
Bold solutions can bring big questions. Here are the answers.
Water Quality Trading in Action
Learn how the City of Medford partnered with landowners to shade the Rogue River.