Sometimes, solving a difficult problem requires new thinking. The State of Vermont is well-known for its innovations, and state government is no exception. The Phosphorus Innovation Challenge is the latest in a long line of innovations aimed at conquering one of our most pressing problems: phosphorus buildup in Vermont’s lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.
Using the “reverse pitch” method of identifying solutions to problems or challenges, we hope to identify one or more technologies that could help mitigate the impact of phosphorus in our watershed by ensuring that the right amount of phosphorus is applied to the soil at the right time and in the right place, which will in turn minimize losses to our water resources.
A Phosphorous Innovation Challenge Advisory Group has been assembled, and they are working with subject matter experts to craft the preliminary details of the “reverse pitch.” You can learn more and download the challenge brief here.