Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Water Quality Trading Program

Passaic Trading Project Presentations

The following are presentations from the Passaic Trading Project Kickoff Meeting:

Christopher Obropta and Department of Environmental Sciences graduate student, Josef Kardos, organized a kickoff meeting for the Non-tidal Passaic River Basin Water Quality Trading Project. The meeting was held January 17-18, 2006 at Cook College. Over 20 people attended including key stakeholders from USEPA, NJDEP, the Passaic River Basin Alliance, and faculty from Rutgers and Cornell Universities. The meeting launched a three year project funded by a USEPA Targeted Watershed Grant to design, implement, and evaluate a water quality trading project to cost-effectively implement the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for phosphorus in the non-tidal Passaic River watershed.


Other Presentations:

2nd National Water Quality Trading Conference: Christopher Obropta presented "Development of a Water Quality Trading Framework in the Non-Tidal Passaic River Basin" on May 23, 2006 in a session focused on trading program design. The USEPA and USDA joint-sponsored conference was attended by over 300 people from the environmental and agricultural professions.

91st Annual New Jersey Water Environment Association Conference: Josef Kardos presented "Water Quality Trading Program Structures: What Works and What Doesn't Work" on May 2, 2006.

Second Passaic River Symposium: Christopher Obropta presented "Water Quality Trading in the Non-Tidal Passaic River Watershed" on October 13, 2006. The symposium at Montclair State University was attended by over 300 people including top officials from USEPA, NJDEP, and NJDOT.

New Jersey Flows Volume VII, Issue 3, Fall 2006 - This issue of New Jersey Flows features reports for the Passaic River Symposium held at Montclair State University in October 2006.

USDA-CSREES National Water Conference: Jeff Potent presented Federal Water Quality Trading Policies and Policy Directions on January 29, 2007 at the USDA-CSREES National Water Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Jeff is the Land Grant University / USEPA Region 2 Liaison and a member of the Passaic Trading Project Team.

Water Treatment and Reuse II: Josef Kardos presented "Water Quality Trading in New Jersey (USA): A Watershed-Scale Approach to Reduce Aggregate Discharge of Total Phosphorus from Wastewater Treatment Plants" from February 11-16, 2007 in Tomar, Portugal.

New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) 92nd Annual Conference: Christopher Obropta presented an update on "Non-Tidal Passaic River Basin Water Quality Trading Project" on May 3. 2007 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

EPA Water Quality Trading Network: Josef Kardos presented details of the "Non-Tidal Passaic River Basin Water Quality Trading Project" to EPA water quality trading experts on March 20, 2008.

WEFTEC 2008: Josef Kardos presented "Effect of Water Quality Model Uncertainty on the Passaic TMDL and Water Quality Trading Program for Total Phosphorus," October 19-22, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.


Passaic Trading Project Symposium, July 15, 2008 at the Heldrich Center, New Brunswick, NJ:


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