Stetson hosts public lecture on improving Florida’s water

Stetson University College of Law invited members of the public to the Gulfport campus in March to learn more about how water quality trading can improve the Florida water supply. The Edward & Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series presented a talk by David E. Bailey of the Electric Power Research Institute on March 6 on Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

David Bailey of the Electric Power Research Institute.

David Bailey of the Electric Power Research Institute. Photo by Kayla Minton.

The free public lecture addressed ways to help improve Florida’s water quality. Water quality trading can result in efficient pollution reduction, by allowing one pollution source such as a utility to pay another source such as a farmer to make pollution reductions.

Bailey explained how creating incentives results in the reduction of pollutants. He described how reducing pollutant output generates credits which may then be sold to power companies.

Bailey pointed to the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project, potentially one of the world’s largest water quality trading programs, designed to pay farmers for environmental improvements.

Bailey is a senior project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. EPRI conducts research, development and demonstration relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

Stetson’s Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series brings leading experts to campus to speak on a range of environmental topics. Professor Royal C. Gardner directs the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson law school.

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