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. 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.

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