Will Nutrient Credit Trading Ever Work? An Assessment of Supply and Deman Problems and Institutional Obstacles

By analyzing thirty-seven different water quality trading markets, initiatives and pilot programs the authors draw the significant conclusion that supply and demand are lacking in water quality markets in the United States. They attribute the lack of transaction activity in US water quality trading markets exist despite much government support and several programs with clear rules and limited institutional hurdles. The paper analysis the basic designs and functions of markets as well as the economics for the nutrient credit suppliers and buyers.