Water Quality Trading Muskingum Watershed
On June 17th, 2010 the Muskingum River Watershed Joint Board of Soil and Water Conservation Districts met for the first time. The 21 county Joint Board formed to establish a water quality trading area within the boundaries of the Muskingum River Watershed. A draft water quality trading plan has been submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for their review and comment. Once a plan is in place the board can begin work to negotiate trades with point source dischargers as their permits are nearing their renewal date. Trade agreements will allow SWCD's to begin working with landowners in the watershed of the point source to put conservation practices in place that provide water quality improvements through non-point source reductions.
The Joint Board has had and continues to have a great deal of support and technical assistance from a number of individuals and organizations. Dr. Richard Moore, Professor, The Ohio State University/OARDC has provided hours and hours of tireless assistance. As has Deana Hudgins, Environmental and Natural Resources Research Associate, OARDC. Wayne County Commissioner Ann Obrecht has been a strong supporter of Joint Board formation and visionary of potential benefits of trading. Dorothy Farris and Chad Amos, ODNR Program Specialists have provided invaluable facilitative and organizational assistance. Their are many others working together to help the Soil and Water Conservation Districts make this a successful conservation effort.
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