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Episode 168. Water Quality Trading

In this episode, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell is joined by Brian Brandt, the Agriculture Conservation Innovations Director at the American Farmland Trust. Colin and Brian discuss ecosystem service markets with a focus on water quality trading, a type of ecosystem service market that pays farmers for the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices that improve water quality through the reduction of runoff from manure, nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, and sedimentation from soil erosion. Brian goes into extensive detail discussing a multistate water quality trading pilot project focused on the Ohio River Basin watershed and a new pilot on the Scioto River watershed in Central Ohio.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Colin Mitchell directly at colinm@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Payments for Ecosystem Services Part I (webinar)

Payments for Ecosystem Services Part II: Carbon Markets and Credit Stacking (webinar)

Other Resources:

American Farmland Trust

Ohio River Basin Trading Program

National Network on Water Quality Trading

Nutrient Tracking Tool

Comet Farm

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