- Greater phosphorus reduction by converting agricultural land to natural forest land resulting in less pollution to the Bay.
- It saves you space on your site because you don’t need to install water quality measures.
- It’s always cheaper in the long run.
- No bi-annual inspections are needed.
- And many more….
The purchase of credits can be an assistance to meet the requirements of the stormwater regulations. Localities will find it tough to meet all the requirements using just on-site water quality measures. The purchase of credits can fill in the gaps.
Nutrient Credits costs are comparable to on-site water quality measures in most cases. It’s important to note that Nutrient Credits require no on-going maintenance though.
Nutrient offset credits are created when farmland is converted from crop or hay production and forested in perpetuity as pristine land. Because there is no more fertilizer use on the farm land as it’s not a forest, DEQ gives the owner “credits”.
Currently our minimum acreage we’re accepting to broker a nutrient bank is roughly 20 acres of cropland.
Farms that have been in crop and hay production for at least 10 years provide the best conversion rates. Not all farms will be cost effective to create a nutrient bank.
Once a farm is converted it can be used for forestry use or recreational use; however, it will remain in a permanent forested nature conservation easement. It cannot be farmed or have livestock though.
Yes and no. Some watersheds are more desirable than others. It is all based on supply and demand.
If you have any questions at all please send us an email or give us a call and we’ll be glad to answer them.