Water Quality Trading
Resolved that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) support water quality trading as a voluntary, alternative method for home builders and developers to achieve compliance with their permit requirements, assist in meeting environmental goals, and lower the costs of meeting new stormwater/wastewater requirements.
Further resolved that NAHB support state trading programs that:
- Allow trading between point sources, such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit-holders, and nonpoint sources, such as agricultural uses, as well as other types of trading.
- Encompass trading for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment credits, collectively or separately, where reductions in such pollutants are mandated.
- Allow the trade of credits across state and other political boundaries and across water basins, wherever feasible.
- Allow construction NPDES permit-holders to go beyond their permitted stormwater and wastewater requirements and thus generate credits to sell on the trading market.
Resolution originally adopted: 2013.10, Resolution No. 4
Committee with primary jurisdiction:
- Environmental Issues Committee