March 25, 2014
Farmer Testifies on Complexities of Water Quality Trading
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|Otterby||Pennsylvania Farm Bureau president Carl Shaffer testified to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment today about challenges associated with water quality trading.|
|Shaffer||My main concern is in Pennsylvania, we have nutrient trading, and we’re already seeing EPA moving the bar up higher what would account for nutrient credit, and making it very difficult for farmers to attain that.|
|Otterby||For a water quality trading system to work, Shaffer says EPA will have to back off of some of those heavy regulations. He says a beneficial trading system must be simple, spelled out and regulated by states. Water quality trading has many benefits, he says.|
|Shaffer||It’s an affordable way to bring the environment into compliance. It’s a way of doing projects, such as cover cropping or no-tilling, and getting paid for it to help pay for those extra costs for implementing those best management practices.|
|Otterby||Shaffer says a properly designed and implemented trading system can help make reaching nutrient water quality standards more affordable.|