Water markets have the potential for uniting urban and rural stakeholders in environmental stewardship. They also have the potential for inspiring public-private partnerships, and potential for flexible solutions to a variety of regional water-based issues. As of 2013, there were 98 water markets in the U.S. In certain watersheds and regions, water markets have been a smashing success, mitigating nutrient pollution, preserving habitat, and maintaining sufficient flow. By some accounts, however, water markets have yet to reach their full potential, suffering from thin supply or demand, facing regulatory uncertainty, and lacking a driving force. The speakers that were chosen for this event have been involved in markets in many locales in the U.S. as well as international water markets. The Speakers included: Richael Young - Mammoth Trading, Marshall Moutenot - UpStream, Bill Ginn - The Nature Conservancy , Chris Hartley - USDA, Jimmy Daukas - American Farmland Trust, and Erin Perry - Cape Cod Commission. The Keynote Address was given by Ellen Gilinsky, Former Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the United States EPA. The symposium included an interactive demonstration of how markets work, and lectures about the opportunities and challenges facing water markets today. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: MassCEC, Friedman School Student Council, Stockholm Environment Institute and Tufts Gordon Institute.
2017 Symposium Team
Christine Van Fossen, Elizabeth Spratt, Jessica Norriss, Lauren Lynch, Lauren O'Brien, Monique Ching, Rachel Gilbert, Theresa Silver, and Kenneth Nugent