K&A is nationally recognized for their years of dedicated efforts to develop and institutionalize water quality trading in the United States. We work with federal and state agencies, municipalities, industry, agricultural organizations, mitigation bankers, and non-profits to develop frameworks and pilot trades for environmental markets around the world. Full reports for many of our projects are available on the Technical Reports webpage.
Ohio River Water Quality Trading Project
K&A has been providing technical assistance to the Electric Power Research Institute and project partners on the Ohio River Water Quality Trading Project. This multi-state trading project has been supported in part through grant funding from the US EPA and USDA. The project is entering the pilot trading phase where nutrient credits will be exchanged between agricultural nonpoint sources and power plants.
Water Quality Trading Feasibility Study for Lake Simcoe, Ontario
In partnership with XCG Consultants, Ltd., K&A completed a comprehensive water quality trading feasibility study as a practical and effective option for improving water quality and reducing phosphorus loading in the Lake Simcoe Watershed. The study involved a review of other trading programs in leading jurisdictions, identification of options for the structure and delivery of water quality trading programs, and an examination of the economic and social implications of trading.
Nutrient Offset Resolution Compliance in Santa Rosa, California
K&A has been assisting the City of Santa Rosa with total phosphorus and total nitrogen offsets necessary for compliance with an NPDES permit resolution. K&A has been developing approvable credit estimation methods and protocols for a variety of agricultural nonpoint source projects in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. These projects include working with dairies to generate nutrient offsets.
Integrated Water Fund in Lima, Peru
K&A is co-leading an effort with Forest Trends and EcoDecision, LLC to identify common project goals and a common metric for a newly established water fund (AQUAFONDO) for Lima, Peru. The water fund is designed to fund projects which address both water quality and quantity issues for the water supply of Lima and vicinity with a population of 12 million.