Global $10M Phosphorus Challenge to Restore Freshwater Reaches Its Third Stage

Prize race sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation aims to eliminate excess phosphorus from surface water
Mar 15, 2018 9:25 AM ET

The George Barley Water Prize, a four-stage global competition of which The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is lead sponsor, has achieved a major milestone. Ten scientist teams have advanced to Stage 3, having beaten out nearly 100 competitors in their bid to remove and repurpose excess phosphorus from surface water. The Prize was formed in 2016 in recognition of the link between excess phosphorus and massive algal bloom outbreaks that poison drinking water, kill wildlife, and now impact all 50 U.S. states and 15,000 waterbodies. This video chronicles the Stage 3 launch, cold-climate testing in Ontario, Canada.

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