Water Restoration Certificates: Voluntary, Market-Based Flow Restoration

WATER RESTORATION CERTIFICATES: VOLUNTARY, MARKET-BASED FLOW RESTORATION

The Water Report, September 15, 2010
By Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Across the American West, thousands of miles of streams are chronically dewatered as a result of legal withdrawal of surface water to serve out-of-stream beneficial uses. Efforts are underway in many western states to support voluntary, market-based approaches to restore environmental flows to dewatered streams, rivers, and wetlands. However, funding available to support this work is not presently equal to the scale of the task. As one solution, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) has launched the Water Restoration Certificate® Program, which is the first nationally marketed, voluntary environmental flow restoration program. BEF provides a collaborative and innovative solution that promises to build a bridge between private sector urban water users and environmental flow restoration needs in the rural West.

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