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Water Quality Trading Program

Water quality trading is a tool for achieving water quality improvements.  Under the right circumstances, trading has the potential to yield both environmental and economic benefits, while promoting increased interaction among watershed stakeholders. 

The water quality trading program is a voluntary program that allows a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit holder (point source) to meet its regulatory obligations by using pollutant reductions generated by another wastewater point source or non-point source.

The rules in Chapter 3745-5 of the Ohio Administrative Code provide the administrative requirements for the development and implementation of water quality trading programs in Ohio.

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