The charge of the Trading and Offsets Workgroup (TOWG) is to focus and support the implementation of practices, policies, and programs within the realm of nutrient and sediment trading and offsets that will assist efforts to restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The Workgroup recognizes that trading and offsets may be valuable tools in achieving allocations set forth in the 2010 Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and water quality in general. The Workgroup reports to the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team.
The Trading and Offsets Workgroup (TOWG) and its Chesapeake Bay Program partners collaborate with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to guide federal and state efforts to create trading and offset programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. To this end, the TOWG and EPA attempt to coordinate their respective workplans for the coming year and beyond.