Soil and Water Management Module Details

Water Quality Trading


Agricultural producers are finding opportunities to get paid for their stewardship activities through water quality trading. Generally, they sell the amount of nutrients or sediment reduced by conservation practices. Who buys the nutrient or sediment reductions? Facilities, like wastewater treatment plants, buy the reductions to help meet regulatory requirements that limit the amount of these substances that may be discharged in their wastewater to local waterbodies. These regulated facilities find that it is less expensive to pay producers to implement conservation practices than it is to install new treatment technologies. Through water quality trading, producers, regulated facilities, and local water quality all benefit.

Current Status: Under Review

CourseNumber SW140
Time To Complete (hours) 1.1
Fee $15.00
    Education Area Soil and Water Management