On May 29th and 30th more than 250 people from Ontario and Quebec came together to take action on regional water protection at Ottawa Riverkeeper’s biggest event ever; AquaHacking – Ottawa River Summit 2015. It was a great day for Ottawa Riverkeeper, the Ottawa River and Canada.
Uniting the Watershed
For much of its path, the Ottawa River forms the boundary between Ontario and Quebec and two-thirds of the vast watershed lies within Quebec. Ottawa Riverkeeper has been working to bring the people of Ontario and Quebec together to address important water protection challenges facing our communities. It is obvious that we must work together to protect our shared river.
AquaHacking – Ottawa River Summit was a great example of the progress we have made. We were thrilled to have representation from diverse sectors and communities throughout the watershed.
Participants took time to envision the Ottawa River Watershed at its best and share ideas for how we can work across “silos” in a more integrated and cooperative manner to protect and restore our rivers. For more highlights from the event and to learn more about AquaHacking, please read our blog.
Even though the big event has now come and gone, our work is far from over and we don’t want to lose this momentum! At the Summit we received a river of commitments from participants and even if you couldn’t be there, we still need your pledge too – it’s not too late to sign the Ottawa River Watershed Declaration!
This event was part of River Mission.
With financial support from the City of Gatineau: