Buying Nutrient Credits has become a vital way for businesses to protect the environment while at the same time saving on the cost of development.
n order to better protect the Chesapeake Bay from stormwater runoff of impervious areas, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality have created measures to protect the overall health. One of those such measures is the use of non-point source credits.
Credits can also be created through stream restoration projects. These efforts are challenging and require extensive and expensive work to create. The long-term maintenance required to sustain this practice is risky due to many environmental, geological, ecological, and financial factors - for example: unexpected frequent flooding causing property damage and the requirement to replace all damaged measures.
"Internal research conducted by VDOT indicated the use of nutrient credits by the Department
can be very cost effective compared to many structural BMP practices on a dollar per pound
basis, with an average cost savings of 51%." - VDOT