Madison, Wis. – October 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), along with the Great Lakes Commission offsite link image     (GLC) announced today that the first modern water quality trade between a crop farmer and a waste-water treatment facility in the U.S side of the Great Lakes basin was recently signed. The trade agreement, signed in the Fox River basin, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, was brokered by the GLC and is the culmination of a multi-year project known as Fox P Trade offsite link image    .  During that time, the GLC worked with key stakeholders across the Lower Fox River watershed to test water quality trading as a potential tool to help reduce nutrient loadings into the Lower Fox River, which drains into Green Bay. Brown and Outagamie county land conservation departments partnered to connect the project with local farmers. Funding support was provided by the NRCS through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more
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