Runoff of nutrients from farm fields is one of the primary sources of nutrients in many coastal waterbodies. Photo Credit: Lynn Betts | USDA NRCS/Flickr


Water quality trading will be the focus of two back-to-back workshops, both free and open to the public. On Wednesday, November 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a webinar on the needs and perspectives of potential buyers and sellers, as well as the stakeholders they interact with. On Thursday, November 29, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host a webinar focused on some technical issues related to water quality trading.

Both workshops will be accessible via the web. Each will be held at WRI headquarters in Washington, D.C., which will also provide limited seating for attendees. EPA’s workshop will have additional in-person locations around the country, including Annapolis, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; and Seattle, Washington. Each day will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. Audience members will be able to ask questions.

November 28

Click here to pre-register for the November 28th event.

Sponsor: U.S. EPA

Description: Audience members will hear from representatives of ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’, as well as from state government, brokers and NGOs active in advancing water quality trading. A forum will be provided for stakeholders to discuss the status and next steps in advancing environmental markets as a tool to achieve water quality improvement under the Clean Water Act. This is a non-technical workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to better understand the perspectives and needs of each other, and discuss ways to promote and enhance trading and market opportunities. The formal presentation segment and expert panel segment will include a total of two hours of audience Q&A.

November 28th Agenda

In-person locations:

Washington, DC (Primary location), World Resources Institute (Capacity of 50)

10 G Street NE - Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002

Boston, Massachusetts, US EPA Region 1 Office (Capacity of 15)

5 Post Office Square - Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109-3912

Annapolis, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Program Office (Capacity of 50)

410 Severn Avenue - Suite 112, Annapolis, MD 21403

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US EPA Region 3 Office (Capacity of 40)

1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Chicago, Illinois, US EPA Region 5 Office

77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604-3590

Seattle, Washington, US EPA Region 10 Office (Capacity of 15)

1200 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Questions about the November 28th event should be sent to Bob Rose at U.S. EPA,

November 29

Click here to pre-register for the November 29th event.

Sponsor: World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Description: This workshop will focus on some of the technical issues related to water quality trading, such as baselines and additionality, pollution “hot spots” and water quality standards, and stormwater and MS4 trading. The format will be a series of presentations with Q&A time allotted for each speaker. Presenters will include professionals from the private and public sector who are on the cutting edge of water quality trading issues.

November 29th Agenda

In-person location:

Washington, DC (Primary location), World Resources Institute (Capacity of 50)

10 G Street NE - Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002

Questions about the November 29th event should be sent to Seth Brown at WEF,

Registration Information:

You will later receive an email prior to the events with information on how to sign up for the individual webinars, or to reserve a space at one of the in-person locations including the WRI headquarters location.

Please note: There will be a seating limit of 50 at the WRI headquarters location for each workshop. There will also be a limit of 1,000 users logging on to the webinars each day.