The Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge builds upon the 2014 Nutrient Sensor Challenge, which helped develop affordable, high-performing, continuous nutrient sensors and analyzers. The 2017 challenge calls for demonstrations showing:
1) the effective use of low-cost continuous sensors,
2) innovative partnerships to pilot the sensors and manage data, and
3) how collected information can be used in state and local decision-making
By building successful strategies for incorporating nutrient sensors into existing water monitoring efforts, the Challenge can help states and local communities overcome barriers to preventing and reducing nutrient pollution.
Stage 1 – closes September 20, 2017
In Stage 1, teams will submit action plans describing an approach for sensor deployment and use, and how they will meet challenge goals.
The plans will be judged and up to 5 winning applications will be selected. The top entries will be awarded cash prizes totaling $50,000 and invited to participate in Stage 2.
Stage 2 – Spring 2018
In Stage 2 of the Challenge, teams will deploy the sensors and collect data as they compete for a share in $100,000 in prizes.