PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 15, 2013
CONTACT: Esther Denham, 888.826.5112, email@example.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.