Feasibility Assessment

Final Report Supporting Documents |  Webinar 1.15.2015 | Presentation | Press Release

The  Lower Fox River Economic Feasibility Assessment  examines the potential for water quality trading in the Lower Fox River basin, Wisconsin through an evaluation of both the supply and demand of water quality trading credits.

The report provides  estimates of costs and quantity of possible load reductions and credits for trading Phosphorus (P) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) in the Lower Fox River Watershed based on best available data.

Although attempts were made to gather specific data regarding both the demand and supply components of a trading program, in many cases, basin wide averages or literature values were used.  When possible, conservative assumptions were utilized presuming that if results suggested trading as being feasible under conservative conditions, that once implemented, an actual trading program would have a higher likelihood of success.  The results of this analysis provide general information about the potential for trading on average across the Lower Fox River Watershed. However, the conclusions from this study are not necessarily applicable to individual facilities or specific trades. The actual supply of credits from urban, nonpoint or other point sources should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

The analyses supporting this report were conducted by a consulting team of experts on water quality trading led by Kieser & Associates, LLC (K&A) (Kalamazoo, MI) and included XCG Consultants Ltd. (XCG) (Oakton, ON, Canada) and Troutman Sanders LLP (TS) (Washington D.C.).

The feasibility assessment is one element of a larger “Fox P Trade” project directed by the Great Lakes Commission in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR).examines the potential for water quality trading in the Lower Fox River basin, Wisconsin through an evaluation of both the supply and demand of water quality trading credits.