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April 4, 2016
04 Apr 2016

Reduce Nitrates and Phosphorus from Subsurface Field Drainage Systems

Nutrient loss through subsurface drainage systems is a major concern throughout the Midwest. This project sought to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of a new conservation practice commonly referred to as a Saturated Buffer (SB). By hydrologically reconnecting a subsurface drainage outlet with an edge-of-field buffer this practice takes advantage of both the denitrification and plant nutrient uptake opportunities that are known to exist in buffers with perennial vegetation as a way to remove nutrients from the drainage water. The USDA-NRCS developed an interim practice standard (739 – Vegetated Subsurface Outlet) in conjunction with this project. Continue reading….


February 25, 2015
25 Feb 2015

Ecosystem Services Exchange Expands Staff




Ecosystem Services Exchange Expands Staff

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 Adair, IA. (February 24, 2015) – Ecosystem Services Exchange (ESE), a professional water management company with values on protecting and improving our natural resources, continues to build on their highly skilled staff with the addition of Jace Klein as an Intern. Klein brings to ESE a dedicated work ethic with an open mind on learning new strategies in conservation practices.

Klein’s key focus is to provide assistance to current team members Nathan Utt and Andy Mackrill as well as gain knowledge and experience in the field of water management practices that will help better our environment.

Currently in his 3rd year of college, Klein is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering, Land and Water Resources option, from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is looking forward to applying practices learned in the classroom to a real world setting.

ESE is one of the world’s leaders in reducing nutrient loss from agricultural lands. They are the best investment for water quality by delivering significant, reliable, and quantifiable results. This allows farmers to meet all their regulatory requirements at a lower cost, ultimately reducing downstream impacts on water quality. Water quality and sustainable farming practices have never been as important as they are today. With all this rapidly growing concern, there has never been a better time to partner ESE.

For more information regarding ESE or any of its services, please visit our website at www.EcoExch.com or contact our Director of Field Operations, Kolby Jones, at kolby@ecoexch.com.

February 10, 2015
10 Feb 2015

Video-NACD 69th Annual Meeting – Friend of Conservation Award given to CEO of Ecosystem Services Exchange Charlie Schafer

NACD 69th Annual Meeting – New Orleans, LA

January 14, 2015
14 Jan 2015

USDA announces funding for Saginaw Bay RCPP Proposal

The Nature Conservancy and Michigan Agri-Business Association Move Forward with Innovative Water Quality Partnership in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Watershed USDA announces funding for Saginaw Bay RCPP Proposal

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September 17, 2014
17 Sep 2014

Water Control Structure hard at work in Ohio

Agri Drain Corporation’s President Charlie Schafer and Ecosystem Services Exchange’s Lead Engineer Nathan Utt visit a water Control Structure in Ohio


July 17, 2014
17 Jul 2014

Charlie Schafer from Agri Drain discusses new technology in drainage water management.

July 17, 2014
17 Jul 2014

Alex Echols of Ecosystem Services Exchange talk about how to protect, improve and value ecosystem services and natural resources.

May 19, 2014
19 May 2014

Ecosystem Services Exchange Hires Kolby Jones as Director of Field Operations

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May 19, 2014

Ecosystem Services Exchange Hires Kolby Jones as Director of Field Operations

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Des Moines, IA – May 19, 2014 – Ecosystem Services Exchange hired Kolby Jones as Director of Field Operations.

Kolby brings with him nearly twelve years of experience in project management and business development to both government agencies and private industry. Kolby holds a B.S. in Real Estate from Florida State University where he was a scholarship athlete.

Ecosystem Services Exchange specializes in market based solutions for better conservation and land management practices. For more information, contact Esther Denham at (888) 826-5112.


July 15, 2013
15 Jul 2013

Dave White to Keynote at Water Quality Trading Roundtable – July 17 in Cincinnati

DATE: July 15, 2013
CONTACT: Esther Denham, 888.826.5112, esther@ecoexch.com

(Washington, D.C.) Dave White, President of Ecosystem Services Exchange and retired Chief of the Natural Conservation Resources Service will deliver a keynote presentation on July 17 The National Roundtable on Water Quality Trading, convened in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Roundtable is an initiative of the U.S. Water Alliance and partners including the Electric Power Research Institute, The Freshwater Trust, Willamette Partnership, and World Resources Institute. The dialogue will highlight advances in trading over the past ten years, and the growing need for improving science, developing standards, and greater transparency and accountability. For more information and to see a detailed agenda, please visit http://bit.ly/WQTrading.

“Agriculture is the biggest user of water in the world,” said White. “70% of the lower 48 states are private lands, most in agriculture. With a growing world population, demand for food is growing exponentially, both domestically and globally. We will need to produce more food within the next generation than we have in the history of agriculture and so we need better ways to conserve and protect our water resources now.”

Roundable attendees will hear and discuss a diversity of views and experiences from key policy makers, industry and agriculture leaders, environmental groups, and other stakeholders leading discussions on the hottest topics and opportunities.

In addition to the Roundtable, there is a pre-roundtable session, Agriculture and Water Quality Trading: Situation and Case Studies, on July 17th. The free session is being facilitated by RESOLVE and the Sand County Foundation. It will offer participants an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities in water quality trading with agriculture by hearing directly from the people involved in significant efforts in Ohio and Wisconsin. It will look at specific examples of water quality trading and be an excellent preparation for the full-day meeting on the 18th.

Ecosystem Services Exchange works with private and public landowners, producers and facility managers to protect, improve and value ecosystem services and natural resources-using a market-based approach. Ecosystem Services Exchange is the leader in reducing nutrient loss from agricultural lands. We are best investment for water quality because we deliver significant, reliable and quantifiable results so that you meet regulatory requirements at lower cost. This reduces downstream impacts and costs to treat water.