Agreements & Letters
EPRI researchers routinely collaborate to address complex, inter-related issues associated with water & air quality in the United States. The following EPRI projects represent work that relates to and supports the Ohio River Basin Trading Project.
- Water Quality and Watershed Protection
- Water Availability and Resource Risk Management
- Effluent Guidelines and Water Quality Management
- Global Energy and Climate Policy Costs & Benefits
- Air Quality Assessment of Ozone, Particulate Matter, Visibility, and Deposition
- Developing GHG Emissions Offsets by Reducing Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Agricultural Crop Production: Experience Validating a New GHG Offset Protocol
- EPRI Water Prism Decision Support System
Signed, Multi-State Pilot Trading Plan
The nation’s first interstate trading plan was signed by Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky on August 9th, 2012 and amended in October 2013. Download the signed, amended Pilot Trading Plan 1.0 for the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project, (2.6 MB) which describes the rules and approach for the pilot period.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Resolution Recognizing EPRI's Water Quality Trading Project
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is the national association representing the State Public Service Commissioners who regulate essential utility services in States. NARUC members are responsible for assuring reliable utility service at fair, just, and reasonable rates. At the 2013 Summer Meeting, the Board of Directors passed the resolution, noting that NARUC "commends EPRI for working to develop best practices in water quality trading, and encourages State governments to consider similar programs in other States, given the importance of water quality to the nation."
- NARUC Resolution (101 KB)
USDA - NRCS State Conservationist of Indiana Expresses Support
"The Water Quality Trading Project would complement the work of NRCS and the Indiana Conservation Partnership. This project will provide another opportunity for producers to implement a system of conservation practices to increase the soil health on their land, benefiting both production and water quality."
USEPA Provides Clarification on Incentives for Early Participation of Point Sources During Pilot Period
- USEPA Project Letter (1.3 MB)
USDA Expresses Support for EPRI Water Quality Trading Project
"Your project is innovative and unique in its regional and interstate focus, in the leadership that has been shown . . . in the involvement of major stakeholder groups in the Basin, and in its strong emphasis on a scientific framework."
- USDA letter (595 KB)
EPA Region 4 Express Support for Project
"Region 4 is committed to exploring the use of water quality trading as a tool for attaining water quality standards and achieving watershed restoration goals in a cost-effective manner. To that end, we encourage and support your efforts to design and interstate trading program for nitrogen and phosphorus in the Ohio River Basin."
- EPA Region 4 letter (90 KB)
Soil and Water Conservation Districts Support Project
- Dearborn County, Indiana (45 KB)
- Switzerland County, Indiana (76 KB)
- Ohio County, Indiana (36 KB)
- Wayne County, Indiana (57 KB)
ORSANCO Resolution 2-11
On June 9, 2011, with the support of its member states, the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) adopted a resolution in support of the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project.
- Resolution 2-11 (42 KB)