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Nonprofit launches water challenge initiative

Nonprofit launches water challenge initiative

The 2017 Water Challenge, an initiative presented by the New Orleans nonprofit group Propeller, focuses on solving our region’s most pressing water issues through entrepreneurship.

Water Challenge 2017 seeks solutions that can make a big difference in urban water, coastal environments and water-based industries.

"In Louisiana, water is our greatest asset and our greatest threat. Whether in an urban, coastal, or economic context, water poses the biggest challenge to creating a sustainable future in our state," Propeller said in a news release.

Contestants have a shot at $15,000 to launch their ideas. Selected semi-finalists will pitch their solution at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 20.

Water Challenge projects are sought in three areas:

Urban water: The design, installation, and maintenance of water management infrastructure in the region, improving safety and furthering the goal of environmental justice.

Coastal environments: Products, processes or financing mechanisms that preserve coastal wetlands, mitigate wetland loss, accelerate or enhance understanding of the science of coastal restoration or complement planned coastal preservation and restoration projects.

Water-based industries: Small businesses or businesses owned by women or people of color that bring to market innovative products, services, or workforce development initiatives within the water transportation and shipping, fisheries and seafood production, and vessel construction and repair subsectors.

The application deadline for proposed projects is Feb. 22.

For more information visit their website at gopropeller.org