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North Carolinians Benefit from Water Pollution Credit Trading

Stormwater drain run-off pipe emptying into Bogue Sound in Morehead City.

Maintaining high water quality standards ensures North Carolinians have access to clean drinking water, healthy fish, and safe recreation on the state’s rivers, lakes, and beaches. But doing so is expensive, both through direct costs like pollution control technology as well as through limitations placed on land use or other production decisions.

This article explores how water quality markets help North Carolina reduce the cost of protecting its waters, while also discussing challenges facing these markets and potential improvements.

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