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As much as 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee — one of the largest lakes in the U.S. — is covered with algae. The Everglades Foundation in South Florida where the lake is located decided to create a contest with a prize of $10 million for whomever develops a technology that cheaply removes phosphorus, the main culprit in algae blooms, from freshwater bodies. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Figure Out How To Cheaply Fix Algae Blooms And Win $10 Million

Large algae blooms in lakes and rivers have become an annual warm weather headache in nearly every U.S. state, endangering water supplies and local economies. A new competition hopes to help.

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Get To Know Andrew Wheeler, Ex-Coal Lobbyist With Inside Track To Lead EPA

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As much as 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee — one of the largest lakes in the U.S. — is covered with algae. The Everglades Foundation in South Florida where the lake is located decided to create a contest with a prize of $10 million for whomever develops a technology that cheaply removes phosphorus, the main culprit in algae blooms, from freshwater bodies. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Figure Out How To Cheaply Fix Algae Blooms And Win $10 Million

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