USBR seeks ideas to keep fish safe from intakes in new prize competition

12 March 2019

The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is launching a prize competition that seeks ideas to keep fish safe from water diversions and intakes. 

As part of a theoretical challenge, solvers must submit a written proposal that describes the fish exclusion idea in detail. It should include drawings, illustrations, specifications, supporting data or literature, and any other things that would be needed to bring the idea to practice.

"We need to improve fish exclusion to address some of the issues that our agencies and water users have been facing for years," USBR Prize Competition Program Administrator Jennifer Beardsley said. "Continued deliveries and providing water for the public is important."

A total prize pool of $75,000 is available. The minimum full award for this competition is $15,000. Partial awards may be given. Ideas must be submitted by May 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Contingent on results of this prize competition, a more focused multi-stage prize competition relating to fish exclusion with a total prize award pool of up to $750,000 may be sponsored by USBR and the Department of Energy. Subsequent rounds of competition are envisioned to facilitate technology innovation by developing and demonstrating prototypes in a lab or field setting.

USBR is collaborating with the Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office, US Geological Survey, NOAA Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, State of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on this prize competition.

To learn more about this challenge and how to submit your idea, please visit USBR's Improving Fish Exclusion from Water Diversions and Intakes.


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