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EPA Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with four federal partners launched the next stage of a technology-accelerating water quality challenge calling for demonstrated use of nutrient pollution sensors. The Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge builds on the 2014 Nutrient Sensor Challenge, which helped facilitate the development of affordable, high-performing, continuous nutrient sensors and analyzers.

Stage II of Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge is now open. Competing teams will deploy and collect data from two or more nutrient sensors for at least three months. Teams will also demonstrate how local communities can use the collected data to improve nutrient management decisions.  Teams will be competing for a share of $100,000 in prizes. Participation in Stage I is not a requirement for participation in Stage II.

The Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge is a collaboration between EPA, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS®).

An informational webinar about Stage II of the Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge will be held on March 15th at 2 PM (EDT).  More information on the webinar.

The federal partners are raising awareness of the challenge on social media with the hashtag: #NutrientSensorAction

View the Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge