MDE Releases Draft Nutrient Credit Trading Regulations

A Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) news release (2017-10-11) announced the release of draft regulations that would establish a water quality nutrient credit trading program. The draft regulations culminate a series of attempts that began in 2012 to establish a viable nutrient credit trading program. MACo believes a strong trading program can assist local governments … Continue reading MDE Releases Draft Nutrient Credit Trading Regulations

Report Considers ‘Why Nots’ of County Nutrient Credit Trading

A report finds that nutrient credit trading by Maryland counties is made less attractive by the State’s regulatory framework. As described by the Bay Journal, Despite being touted as a less costly approach to curbing stormwater pollution, nutrient trading has yet to catch on among Chesapeake Bay localities. A recent report by the World Resources Institute … Continue reading Report Considers ‘Why Nots’ of County Nutrient Credit Trading

Nutrient Credit Trading: What Counties Need to Know at #MACoCon

Attendees to the 2016 MACo Winter Conference heard about lessons learned from several counties who participated in a nutrient credit trading pilot program in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). At the CBF: County Nutrient Trading Pilot Program session on December 8, CBF Maryland Land Use Planner Erik Fisher told a full room how CBF … Continue reading Nutrient Credit Trading: What Counties Need to Know at #MACoCon

Lessons Learned on Nutrient Credit Trading at #MACoCon

Nutrient credit trading is coming and will provide counties with a useful but complicated tool to help them meet their water quality goals. Hear from Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) representatives on lessons learned from several county pilot programs at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference. Special Session: CBF – County Nutrient Trading Pilot Program Description The Chesapeake … Continue reading Lessons Learned on Nutrient Credit Trading at #MACoCon

Point Source Nutrient Credit Trading Getting Closer…

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee has been working on a draft practices manual that will cover how nutrient credit trading will work in Maryland. A subset of Advisory Committee members met on October 5 to specifically review Section II of the draft manual, which covers point source trading … Continue reading Point Source Nutrient Credit Trading Getting Closer…

Where Are We on Nutrient Credit Trading & AFG?

INTRODUCTION The “Aligning for Growth” (AFG) policy (known as “Accounting for Growth” prior to the Governor Larry Hogan Administration) will determine how new development must mitigate or offset the water pollution it generates in order to remain in compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Nutrient credit trading will allow local governments to address their … Continue reading Where Are We on Nutrient Credit Trading & AFG?

Nutrient Credit Trading Policy Committee Submits Comments to MDE, Will Tackle Aligning for Growth in the Fall

At a meeting on 2016-05-19, the Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee decided to temporarily suspend meeting while the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) finishes reviewing and incorporating its comments into a draft Trading and Offset Policy and Guidance Manual. The manual will serve as the basis for administering nutrient credit trading in the Chesapeake Bay watershed under … Continue reading Nutrient Credit Trading Policy Committee Submits Comments to MDE, Will Tackle Aligning for Growth in the Fall

Third Time’s a Charm? Workgroup Tackles Nutrient Credit Trading

A newly formed Maryland Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee held its first meeting on January 21 in a third attempt to create a nutrient credit trading policy among different water pollution sectors (agriculture, nonpoint sources like stormwater, and point sources like wastewater treatment plants.) The a successful trading policy can help county governments achieve their water quality goals … Continue reading Third Time’s a Charm? Workgroup Tackles Nutrient Credit Trading

Registration Open For Nutrient Credit Trading Symposium

There will be a Maryland Nutrient Trading Symposium on January 8, 2016, at Chesapeake College. From a December 16, 2015, email announcement: The Maryland Nutrient Trading Symposium is sponsored by the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture in collaboration with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Maryland Grain Producers. … Continue reading Registration Open For Nutrient Credit Trading Symposium

Maryland Farm Bureau Takes Positions on Solar Facility Siting, Nutrient Trading

A Delmarva Farmer article (2016-12-13) reported that the Maryland Farm Bureau took positions on an array of topics – including the siting of utility scale solar facilities and nutrient credit trading – at the group’s annual convention in Ocean City. The article noted the attending Farm Bureau delegates weighed property rights against the loss of productive … Continue reading Maryland Farm Bureau Takes Positions on Solar Facility Siting, Nutrient Trading