Saturday, Feb. 22 is the International Open Data Hackathon. To celebrate, we're convening a small group to work with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments on a user-friendly way to map private wells in Western Massachusetts.
This continues a project started at last June's Hack for Western Mass: http://hackforwesternmass.org/map-wells-track-water-quality
Why is it important to map wells?
- Only about 5% of private wells in Massachusetts are geolocated.
- Many towns in Western Mass rely 100% on private wells.
Not knowing where our wells are can (and does) lead to water contaminated by nearby septic systems, dumping, and pollutant storage. Aside from the obvious health concerns, there are also financial implications from remediation costs and lowered property values.
What can we do?
Glen Ayers from Franklin Regional Council of Governments wants to map private wells. During the 2013 National Day of Civic Hacking, a team put together a prototype. Let's see if we can get a working tool that can be tested in the field!
Other important info
The John Olver Transit Center is a beautiful new net-zero building at the corner of Olive Street and Bank Row in Greenfield. It's locked on weekends, but Glen will let us in. Bring a few layers, since the heat it kept low on weekends. Wifi and kitchenette available, many food options in walking distance.