building a riparian buffer

building a riparian buffer

volunteers at Connewago Creek

Some see nutrient trading as an innovative way to incentivize riparian buffer building to restore the bay, as these volunteers are doing along Conewago Creek. In a nutrient trading market, sources that reduce their nutrient runoff or discharges below target levels can sell their surplus reductions or “credits” to other sources. However, this research showed that the cost of establishing and maintaining buffers is too high relative to the current nitrogen credit price to work in that market.

IMAGE: Penn State