Cincinnati Welcomes Water Quality Roundtable This Week

The National Roundtable on Water Quality Trading, will be convened on July 17-18, in Cincinnati, Ohio, by the U.S. Water Alliance and a collaboration including the Electric Power Research Institute, The Freshwater Trust, Willamette Partnership, and World Resources Institute.? Attendees will hear and discuss a diversity of views and experiences, from key policy makers, industry and agriculture leaders, environmental groups, and other stakeholders leading discussions on the hottest topics and opportunities.

?It has been a decade since EPA?s Water Quality Trading Policy was established,? explains Ben Grumbles, president of the U.S. Water Alliance.??America needs to pick up the pace with improved tools, better results, and greater trust.?

The dialogue will highlight advances in trading over the past ten years, and the growing need for improving science, developing standards, and greater transparency and accountability. Keynote speakers will include the irrepressible Dave White, recently retired chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service with his views on innovative approaches, and newly appointed President Andrew McElwaine, American Farmland Trust with his views on environmental collaboration.? Registration is $195. For more information and to see a detailed agenda, please visit

In addition to the Roundtable, a few seats remain available for a pre-roundtable session, Agriculture and Water Quality Trading: Situation and Case Studies, on July 17.?The free session is being facilitated by RESOLVE and the Sand County Foundation. It will offer participants an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities in water quality trading with agriculture by hearing directly from the people involved in significant efforts in Ohio and Wisconsin. It will look at specific examples of water quality trading and be an excellent preparation for the full-day meeting on July 18.

Both meetings will take place at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Seating is limited.? Hotel space at the Hilton is sold out, however the Hyatt (next to the Hilton) can still be booked for the conference rate.? For more information, visit

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