Description: This first topic is designed to give a broad overview of water markets and how they can relate to the challenges in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. To help initiate the discussion, we suggest you read the summary of a meeting convened in December 2006 where various Bay stakeholders discussed some of the obstacles and opportunities for developing and implementing water markets, including water-quality trading, across the watershed. (See attachments and links on the left side of the page). In addition, we have provided links to other background materials including a list of relevant terminology. We want to hear your views on the potential for water markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by answering this question:
"How can markets be an enabler of water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay watershed?"