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Reclamation seeks ideas to make canals safer to reduce drownings and accidents
Peter Soeth, 303.910.7473, email@example.com
For Release: October 22, 2020
A canal running through agricultural fields that has structures in it that could be dangerous to people who try to swim in the canal.WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition to improve public safety around canals throughout the United States. Reclamation maintains approximately 8,000 miles of canals in the Western United States and more than 1,000 of those miles are in urban areas. These canals in urban areas have higher risk of drownings.
"Canals look like an inviting place to cool off on warm sunny days, but they pose dangers that we may not be able to see," said Chief Engineer David Raff. "We are seeking innovative ideas that improve public safety."
This competition seeks new concepts, methods and technologies to reduce public safety accidents and drownings in canals. Solutions involving ladders, ropes, signage and educational outreach have been used regarding canal safety. Additional innovative concepts beyond these strategies may further reduce the public risk around Reclamation-owned canals. Proposals that describe the sole use of fencing, ladders, buoys and signage as a solution are not eligible.
Reclamation is partnering with the Denver Water, Klamath Irrigation District, Pacific Gas & Electric, NASA Tournament Lab and Common Pool. To learn more about this prize competition, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/canalsafety.html.
Reclamation conducts prize competitions to spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional, problem-solver community. Through prize competitions, Reclamation complements traditional design research to target the most persistent science and technology challenges. In the past six years, Reclamation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in prizes through 22 competitions. Please visit Reclamation's Prize Competition Center to learn more.
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