Clean Water Machine
A University of Idaho team advanced to the final stage of a $10 million competition to find the best way to stop to toxic algae blooms from poisoning drinking water supplies and the environment.
The Everglades Foundation announced (Oct. 24, 2018) four finalists for the George Barley Water Prize. It will be awarded to the team with the best way to remove phosphorus from public waters. Phosphorus causes algae blooms worldwide.
“These finalists represent our best hope for solving the algae crisis that is choking waterways worldwide,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation, which is hosting the competition.
The U of I team and eight others from around the world demonstrated their ideas for solving the phosphorus problem from February to May at an agricultural canal in Ontario, Canada.
“We’re proud of the ingenuity our Vandal researchers have brought to bear on a difficult problem with one of the world’s critical resources,” said U of I President Chuck Staben. “The team exemplifies the creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approach that is so vital for applied science to address 21st-century challenges for our environment.”
U of I environmental chemist Greg Moller, soil scientist Dan Strawn and mechanical engineer Martin Baker finished in the top four teams, winning the right to move on to the final round.
“Their success speaks to the high quality and originality of their work in this international competition,” said Michael Parrella, U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences dean. “Although the different phases of the competition were held outside of Idaho, this technology will help protect Idaho waters.” Read full story
Martin Baker and Greg Moller standing on each side of their Clean Water Machine.