• This is the central website for the Sugar Creek Projects.
  • The PowerPoint presentation to the US EPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) in 2002.
  • 2005 the Ohio Department for Natural Resources Annual Report: One of the Sugar Creek farm families on the cover of their annual report.  This family won the Ohio Conservation Award of the Year.  Also in the same report is the description of the Sugar Creek Alpine Cheese project.

  • The Alpine Cheese Trading:
    • Plan is becoming nationally known for pollution permit-based (NPDES) water quality trading.  All Ohio watersheds will undergo the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to reduce pollution. Nutrient trading, based on the 2003 Nutrient Trading Law, is a method to reduce pollution based on differentials in technology and the environment. An OARDC industry matching grant provided the funding to write Ohio’s first nutrient trading plan as part of a NPDES point source permit.  There are more than 200,000 NPDES permits nationwide. The Alpine Plan creates 12 new jobs at the factory and milk demand of 250,000 pounds per day. The local economy and tax base will be increased through the profitability of Alpine Cheese Company and the local farms will increase their income as well. The plan is expected to reduce twice as much phosphorus than if the factory had done it by itself. In addition, it is estimated that bacteria levels in the stream and mastitis rates in cows will decrease. BOD and nitrates will also be removed that will affect the water quality in the Mississippi River Basin.  As a result of the impact of this project, Dr. Moore presented at an Environmental Trading Network Conference in August 2006. The workshop agenda, composed of national and state leaders in nutrient trading, is found at


    • Dr. Moore presentation: Sugar Creek Alpine Cheese Water Quality Trading Program
    • Additional resources:



      Last updated:12/17/2013