By: The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg
Lake Erie is once again plagued by excessive blue-green algae. Aerial photographs are eerily similar to the summer of 2014, when toxic algae shut down the municipal water supply of Toledo, Ohio. Once again, devastating economic and ecological impacts.
Despite this news, The George Barley Water Prize continues to advance. Since its kickoff last December, 104 teams representing 13 countries have invested intellectual capital in solving this global water problem. On Monday, October 2, 2017, I had the privilege of speaking at the 90th gathering of the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago.
Recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, WEFTEC provides access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field and serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities, celebrating initiatives like The George Barley Water Prize.
My presentation included an appearance from Dr. Leon Korving from team Wetsus, our Phase 1 winner. Audience members were both impressed and motivated by just one of the many promising technologies inspired by The Barley Prize.
As we’ve met our deadline for Stage 2 submissions, our team of esteemed judges is thoroughly reviewing final results. I look forward to announcing our Stage 2 winners, and celebrating the top 10 teams who will move on to Stage 3, Pilot Phase testing, in Ontario, Canada, in 2018. We’ll be announcing these winners at The Field Museum on October 26, 2017. Look out for these 10 teams, as they might change the world! See you in Chicago.