Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide

The reduction in pollution that a producer generates by implementing conservation practices can be “traded” with an industrial or municipal facility that is required by law to reduce the amount of pollution in its wastewater. The best part: the producer will get paid for the trade.

CTIC, under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has developed a new guide to help the agricultural advisors understand why producers may want to participate in water quality trading and how water quality trading works.

This guide introduces the elements that are key to the trading process, noting critical questions to keep in mind as you go. References for additional information are also included.