USDA Encourages Market-Based and Other Approaches to Reducing Excess Nutrients in Waterways

USDA logoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal, and federal efforts to reduce excess nutrients in waterways, with a focus on market-based and other collaborative approaches. EPA and USDA indicated that they are committed to working with states, tribes, and stakeholders to identify watersheds and basins where market-based approaches can supplement traditional regulatory programs to promote meaningful reductions in excess nutrients and improved water quality. According to a press release, this could include providing technical and financial support and participating in problem-solving at the local level to explore approaches including water quality credit trading, public-private partnerships, pay-for success, supply chain programs, and more.