PALMETTO BAY, Fla. — Today during the White House Water Summit, the Everglades Foundation announced two new international partnerships for their $10 million George Barley Water Prize, the largest science prize competition focused on clean water. The prize aims to find a viable and cost-effective solution to remove phosphorus pollution from freshwater bodies, both in Lake Okeechobee and as well as other threatened waterways across the world.
The partnerships are with:
- Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change: will participate in the design of the final prize challenge and development of a cold climate test to replicate conditions similar to Lake Erie — which is currently battling algae-feeding phosphorous problems of its own. The partnership is one extension of the Ministry’s pledge to reduce algae levels in Lake Erie by 40 percent.
- Xylem: will provide proprietary testing instruments to support field evaluations of prize applicant technologies. The partnership is a part of Xylem’s World Water Day 2016 celebration.
In honor of March 22 World Water Day, the Foundation joined more than 150 institutions for the inaugural Water Summit in Washington, D.C. announcing new commitments to water sustainability efforts through innovative technologies, water resource management and infrastructure projects. The Everglades Foundation was the only Florida-headquartered organization invited to attend and recognized in the program.
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