Deadline: 2019-01-04 Award: $75,000 Open to: Team leader must be a US citizen*
Reservoir sedimentation has become a significant problem with the aging of water storage facilities. Sediment deposition in reservoirs limits the active life of reservoirs by reducing storage capacity for water supply or flood risk reduction.
Sedimentation also impacts dam outlets, reservoir water intakes, water quality, recreation, upstream flood stage, and downstream habitat.
Current sediment removal technologies do not provide efficient and/or affordable enough solutions to this problem. Therefore, Reclamation and their collaborators are seeking new or improved techniques for reservoir sediment removal in a cost-effective manner that preserves and sustains the operational objectives of the reservoir.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.