2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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WATER QUALITY TRADING

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted policies in 1997, 1998 and 2002 supporting comprehensive watershed management planning to help cities deal effectively with non-point source pollution to protect and preserve water supplies and water quality; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors seeks equitable regulatory policies for dealing with water pollution within watersheds that assigns responsibility for pollution abatement or avoidance commensurate with pollution contribution; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has suggested to Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that any regulations or policies adopted to control and reduce watershed non-point pollution should be flexible and voluntary, and not necessarily require costly controls when less costly controls may be appropriate and effective; and

WHEREAS, the nation's cities continue to have difficulty meeting water quality standards because non-point sources of pollution, including, suburban, rural and agricultural land use activities remain significant sources of water quality degradation;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the Water Quality Trading Policy proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a way to encourage flexible and voluntary cooperative efforts between cities and other land use activities in a watershed to reduce water quality impacts from non-point sources; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon the President and federal agencies, as well as Governors and state regulatory authorities to adopt water quality trading policies consistent with the policy proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.