Feds reduce water temperature with credit trading


Soon, farmers and landowners in the Pacific Northwest could be paid to plant shade trees in watersheds.

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Soon, farmers and landowners in the Pacific Northwest could be paid to plant shade trees in watersheds.

Two conservation groups, The Freshwater Trust and The Willamette Partnership, have worked with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop a credit market for reducing water temperature in Oregon.

Now the groups have received $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the project to Washington and Idaho, and to create a standardized thermal credit trading market similar to the existing carbon market.

Read more at OPB.

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