Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Water Quality Trading Program

Point to Point Trading

Sources that discharge from a discernable, confined and discrete route, such as a pipe, are “point sources” according to the Clean Water Act. Industries and wastewater treatment plants are examples of point sources. Point sources require a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in order to discharge pollutants.

Point to point trading describes when one point source pays for another point source in its watershed to achieve greater than required pollution controls and reductions, rather than upgrade its own treatment.

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