Competition launched to find innovative sediment removal solutions

23 July 2020

A new prize competition has been launched by the US Bureau of Reclamation to find innovative sediment removal solutions for critical water infrastructure.

The "Guardians of the Reservoir" challenge seeks ideas to remove or transport the amount of sediment building up in the reservoirs, replacing available space for water storage, that provide critical water supplies for the country. There will be up to a total of $550,000 in cash prizes available for the three-phase the competition.

"Reclamation is the largest water wholesaler in the country, reliably delivering water and power in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner," Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said. "We are excited for this prize competition and the new ideas that it will bring as we seek to better manage sedimentation at our facilities."

Reclamation is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NASA Tournament Lab and HeroX on this crowdsourcing competition. To learn more about this competition, please visit


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