#CyberFLASH: Hackers invade the Ottawa River

1297701227677_ORIGINALFor years raw sewage has been dumped unceremoniously into the Ottawa River.

And it seemed like no one really cared.

In truth, not everyone really even understood what was happening — or the severity of the situation.

Thankfully, that has changed.

By now, most everyone is aware of sewage seeping into the river and that something needs to be done about.

What was once widely ignored, now is getting some of the attention it deserves.

The political leaders in Ottawa and on the other side of the river in Quebec are all now painfully aware of the expensive — and incredibly complicated issues with keeping the river clean.

Of course, none of the issues are new to the Ottawa Riverkeeper — a group that has been working against the tide for years — trying to get all interested parties more aware of the problems and working toward dealing with them.

And that means more than just raw sewage, it’s plastic, it’s chemicals, and it’s still sewage.

Enter Aquahacking, part of a two-day event at the end of this month aimed at coming up with innovative ways to improve the river — and raise awareness of the issues.

Over the years, hackathons have gone on for 24 to 48 hour periods in a variety of fields. In the health-care system, for example, teams of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners seek out technical solutions together.

In Canada, it’s never been done where the focus is on water and water protection.

On May 29 and 30, a two-day session is being held — with May 30 dedicated to the aquahacking.

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