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August 2nd 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT: Online: https://www.epa.gov/research/nutrient-sensor-action-challenge-informational-webinar  Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to NutrientSensorActionChallenge@erg.com.   BACKGROUND Nutrient pollution, one of our most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in water. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle. This growth  causes major environmental damage as well as serious health problems in people and animals. Nutrient pollution and resulting algal blooms cost billions, hurting industries and sectors that depend on clean water. Federal, state and local governments spend billions of dollars per year to combat nutrient pollution or prevent its effects. CHALLENGE 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.     ELIGIBILITY The Nutrient Sensors Action Challenge is open to communities and organizations interested in deploying two or more low-cost (less than $15k) continuous nutrient sensors to address an important water quality problem. Teams should be currently engaged in water quality monitoring and have some level of experience and as well as sophistication with data management, and communication. This challenge is open to communities and organizations in the United States.   CHALLENGE STRUCTURE AND SCHEDULE Stage 1: ACTION PLAN ($50k prize funding) Teams will submit an Action Plan describing how they will meet the objectives of the challenge.  The top entries will be awarded cash prizes totaling $50,000 and invited to participate in Stage 2. The plans will be judged by a panel of experts and up to 5 winning applications will be selected.  Five Stage 1 winners will each receive $10,000. Open Stage 1: July 26, 2017 Close of Stage 1: September 20, 2017 Stage 2: SENSORS IN ACTION ($100k prize funding) 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. Stage 2 will begin in Spring of 2018.     SPONSORING AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) NOAA-directed U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)  

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August 2nd 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT: Online: https://www.epa.gov/research/nutrient-sensor-action-challenge-informational-webinar  Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to NutrientSensorActionChallenge@erg.com.   BACKGROUND Nutrient pollution, one of our most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in water. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle. This growth  causes major environmental damage as well as serious health problems in people and animals. Nutrient pollution and resulting algal blooms cost billions, hurting industries and sectors that depend on clean water. Federal, state and local governments spend billions of dollars per year to combat nutrient pollution or prevent its effects. CHALLENGE 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.     ELIGIBILITY The Nutrient Sensors Action Challenge is open to communities and organizations interested in deploying two or more low-cost (less than $15k) continuous nutrient sensors to address an important water quality problem. Teams should be currently engaged in water quality monitoring and have some level of experience and as well as sophistication with data management, and communication. This challenge is open to communities and organizations in the United States.   CHALLENGE STRUCTURE AND SCHEDULE Stage 1: ACTION PLAN ($50k prize funding) Teams will submit an Action Plan describing how they will meet the objectives of the challenge.  The top entries will be awarded cash prizes totaling $50,000 and invited to participate in Stage 2. The plans will be judged by a panel of experts and up to 5 winning applications will be selected.  Five Stage 1 winners will each receive $10,000. Open Stage 1: July 26, 2017 Close of Stage 1: September 20, 2017 Stage 2: SENSORS IN ACTION ($100k prize funding) 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. Stage 2 will begin in Spring of 2018.     SPONSORING AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) NOAA-directed U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)