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Downstream Fish Passage at Tall Dams

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED - Help us find better ways to pass downstream-moving juvenile fish over or around tall dams.

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $20,000
Type of Challenge: Ideas
Partner Agencies | Federal: U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: State of California Department of Water Resources
Submission Start: 03/31/2016 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 05/10/2016 12:00 AM ET

Description

All official entries must be submitted via the Innocentive website at the following:

https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933648

The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with federal and state partners, is seeking new ideas for successful and cost-effective downstream fish passage at tall dams.  Effective downstream passage for migrating juvenile fish will help us recover threatened and endangered species such as salmon and steelhead. A successful solution should describe how fish will be attracted to the system and how fish will be collected, conveyed, and released.  Solutions should minimize:

  • Physical damage to fish
  • Stress (e.g. crowding, removal from water, disorientation)
  • Impacts to the operation of the dam
  • Overall cost

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Prizes

The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker.  The total payout will be $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.

Rules

All official entries must be submitted via the Innocentive website at the following:

https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933648

How To Enter

All official entries must be submitted via the Innocentive website at the following:

https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933648