After multi-agency response, report of diapers floating in river turns out to be

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By Liz Payne, Ottawa Sun, September 6, 2017

A mistaken report of “hundreds,” even “thousands,” of diapers floating down the Ottawa River Wednesday morning underscored the multi-layered problem of who is responsible for what floats in the river.

The diapers turned out to be naturally occurring foam, a common byproduct of organic matter in the water, something a City of Ottawa stormwater technician determined after heading out in a boat.