The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed is a not for profit (for public benefit) organization founded in November 2014. The main goal of the organization is to offer public support and further enhancement to the Porcupine River Watershed Remedial Action Plan (RAP). These are actions recommended to restore the beneficial uses and to enhance the ecosystem of the Porcupine River Watershed which includes Porcupine River and Porcupine Lake. … read more
•October 2, 2018 - see what is being sent down to Nighthawk Lake and on to the Moose River and James Bay in this video view here•CELA’S September 2018 News Bulletin … read more•September 21, 2018 - Phone Conference Call: CELA, FPRW, City of Timmins and MOE … read more•September 13, 2018 - The Porcupine River Watershed Remedial Action Plan - Stage 1 Report - Stage 2 Report •September 12, 2018 - Enhanced water sampling approved for Porcupine Lake … read more•November 14, 2018 - newly elected officers of the corporation …. more info•August 15, 2018 - AGM (Annual General Meeting) Wednesday November 14, 6:30PM - 9:00PM - Northern College, pub location•September 11, 2018 - Council votes in favour of 3rd party sampling, not just surface, including shoreline clean-up and dredging. MRCA will also be directly involved. See council web-cast here.•City considering enhanced water sampling on Porcupine Lake More info • Raw sewage being dumped into Porcupine Lake …. More info•Raw sewage being dumped into Porcupine Lake …. More info•August 13, 2018 - One trillion litres of sewage leaked into lakes and rivers over last five years … More Info•August 9, 2019 - Concerns over water quality at a Timmins lake … More Info,Download PDF file•August 8,2018 - Group aims to get more Timmins residents keen on knowing their environmental rights … More InfoJuly 26, 2018 - Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed Strategic Planning Session … More Info•July 26, 2018 - Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed Strategic Planning Session …More Info•CTV Northern Ontario (date unknown): Porcupine River A stretch of the Porcupine River In Timmins received some attention. CTV’s Joey Slattery reports. View video here
July 10, 2016The sunny weather on Sunday made for a perfect day to plant some trees along the Porcupine River in South Porcupine. The initiative was organized by the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed and included volunteers, from left, Mackenzie Campsall, Brooke Kirley, Liah Shaw, Meaghan Stringer, Heidi Etzel and her five-year-old daughter Allie Etzel-Lizotte
June 21, 20152,000 shrubs and trees were planted along the Porcupine River on Highway 101 in South Porcupine and on Pearl Lake behind the McIntyre Arena in Schumacher thanks to the efforts of Meaghan Stringer, pictured, and other volunteers with the Friends of The Porcupine River Watershed.The event took place on Saturday afternoon where Stringer, who is also a youth steward ranger for the Ministry of Natural Resources, helped plant vegetation to increase biodiversity and repair damage that has been done along the watershed from mining and human activity
The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed is a not for profit (for public benefit) organization founded in November 2014. The main goal of the organization is to offer public support and further enhancement to the Porcupine River Watershed Remedial Action Plan (RAP). These are actions recommended to restore the beneficial uses and to enhance the ecosystem of the Porcupine River Watershed which includes Porcupine River and Porcupine Lake.
Merging the two groups brings new
opportunities for the Porcupine Watershed.
July 13, 2018Friends of the Porcupine River WatershedPorcupine Lake Information GroupMerging the two groups brings new opportunities for the Porcupine Watershed.1.to educate, influence, promote and support community based stewardship of natural resources in the Porcupine River Watershed.2.to provide community based guidance for the good management, enhancement and utilization of healthy, sustainable, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.3.to further develop projects of the FPRW: canoe/kayak routes with camping stations along the river, continued spawning bed assessment & re-mediation, nature educational walks to provide knowledge about our local lands, different wildlife, plants & species living in our back yard and bring this into the classrooms of our local schools.4.to celebrate Earth Day as an annual community event, sharing knowledge with the public.5.to involve the schools to venture out of the classrooms and into the fields of the Porcupine river Watershed and promote the understanding of our ecosystems.6.to host Porcupine Lake clean up events twice annually and challenge the community to support regular land and water cleanliness, through competitions with awards and prizes. both school and community based challenges.7.to provide continued information to the public about the progress on the pumping stations used to repair the flooding and sewage bypass issues in the Porcupine, South Porcupine and surrounding area.8.to question "what can we do as a community to assist in the clean up of Porcupine Lake and River."9.to open a public forum for questions and comments surrounding the Porcupine Lake & river, research answers and provide the public with clear correct answers.10.to provide, positive communication and involvement with the MOECC and PHU and the City of Timmins through the building of a Liaison Committee, allowing for document sharing and public accessible reports.
June 1, 2018 Good News Announcement.Special Announcement: We are all the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed.The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed and the Porcupine Lake Information Group have merged to form a new, Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed.Through many meetings, conversations and decision making during the past year and a half, these two groups have, for the betterment and care of the Porcupine River Watershed and Porcupine Lake merged their memberships to create a stronger voice and stronger community presents when concerning the care and development of our local waterway.Kees Pols, Glen MacFarlane and Bill Russell (present directors) have signed a transfer of the Affairs of the Corporation Agreement, from the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed (a Non Profit Corporation) to Brenda Torresan, Paula Hoggett and Rick Cecconi of the Porcupine Lake Information Group (all in term executive members) until an annual meeting can be held at a later date this year 2018. Both groups will keep their face book pages. We encourage you to join both groups.•The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed•The Porcupine Lake Information PageOne group will be centred around working towards by- annual trail clean ups, nature walks, spawning bed developments, tree planting, surveying and documenting our amphibians (music to our ears), species of fish, fur bearing mammals and our plethora of bird species. The completion of an accessible Porcupine River canoe and kayak route, that will lead us from Porcupine Lake to our Night Hawk Lake all by waterways. This group will work towards Annual Celebrations of Earth Day, World Water Days and bring a greater educational components to the community through many resources. One group will continue the quest to ensure correct information is given to the public on the progress of the pumping stations to repair the flooding and sewage bypass issues in Porcupine and South Porcupine. The group will continue to involve CELA(Canadian Environmental Legal Association) for correct and positive information when moving forward.The group will also continue to involve and share with the City of Timmins, the Porcupine Health Unit and the MRCA information and resolutions from a community view point.We ask that you keep your posts relevant to the issues at hand on the PLIG page.Any questions will be researched and responded too as time allows. Both of these groups although separate on their face book pages are one with the same goals in place. As one complete group, we will have a membership drive.We are all volunteers who will act reasonably and responsibly.We will work towards the betterment of our water and water ways for the environmental success of our community and health of our population.We are the new: Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed 2018
October 2, 2018 - Boating on the Porcupine River can be a challenge, the plants that you see is mostly duckweed that floats at the top. What you don’t see is the forest of milfoil in the water rooted to the bottom. There appears to be blotches of algae floating within the duckweed. This thick patches of vegetation also capture and hold large logs and branches making navigation difficult.October 2, 2018 - Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed send letter to Mayor and Council on disturbing river conditions:Good morning Mayor and Council. The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed would like to share with you how our water system looks today (morning photo today) and a few thoughts about the system.Please take a moment to have a look and a read.This water flows down the Porcupine River to Nighthawk Lake, the Frederick House River and north to James Bay. We should be OUTRAGED at the lack of action to address this pollution.This should be an election issue, not just for the City of Timmins, but also in future Federal and Provincial elections. Read more here
October 2, 2018 - Letter sent to mayor and council:Good morning Mayor and Council. The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed would like to share with you how our water system looks today (morning photo today) and a few thoughts about the system.Please take a moment to have a look and a read.This water flows down the Porcupine River to Nighthawk Lake, the Frederick House River and north to James Bay. We should be OUTRAGED at the lack of action to address this pollution.This should be an election issue, not just for the City of Timmins, but also in future Federal and Provincial elections.When 4 of us Kayaked down the river from Porcupine Lake we could barely get through the weeds and every time the paddles entered the river there were personal hygiene products plus sewage stuck to the paddles and our kayaks.That is not Effluent discharge. That is illegally discharging raw sewage into a water way.Porcupine lake is connected to 500 miles of water systems.The pollution that has been dumped into this lake for over 50 to 60 years and beyond eventually enters these water systems endangering all Natural Habitats and wildlife.How many species of Life have been effected or made extinct because of this?What right does Humankind have to destroy Natural Habitats and Living Lakes teaming with Wildlife?Eventually even Humankind will become stricken by their own stupidity.It’s also a recreation issue, our motors are having a hard time getting through the weeds. It’s very difficult boating.We used to hunt and paddle the river but too grossed out to even step foot near it...been like this for way too long.We wonder ......if the Kayak Challenge was moved to Porcupine, would the City admit the Lake and River are polluted?These are a few thoughts mentioned by the group we wanted to share with all of you. Thank you----------------------------Friends of the Porcupine River Watershedwww.friendsoftheporcupineriverwatershed.comemail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBrenda Torresan705-363-0166
Beach Day with L-R Darlene, Darcy & Randall Perron,Bob Lawlor and John Vrolyk
Circa 1954 - Some of the Pottsville Kids withtheir fresh catch.
We are looking for old photos in and around the Porcupine Lake and River area. If you are able to provideus photos for use on our website on this Archives page please send with date the photo(s) were taken andif possible a description. Please email to email@example.com
Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway Train coming into South Porcupine Station during the flood in the spring of 1928
THE PORCUPINE TRAIL:Before full rail service was established to Timmins in July of 1911, reaching the Porcupine goldfields was a very difficult test of stamina, strength, and willpower. Kelso, at mile 222 on the T. & N.O. line from North Bay, was the closest starting point for the roughly 30-mile adventure westward on the Porcupine Trail. Depending on the time of year, travellers contended with thick bush, swampy bog-like terrain, river rapids, and of course mosquitoes during the summer. In the cold winter months, sledding or freighting through the snow covered bush and over frozen river and lake surfaces was the only option. After leaving the train at Kelso, one would have to make their way westwards through narrow, rough logging roads and bush trails to Frederick House Landing where they would transfer all their supplies to boats and canoes when the river wasn't frozen. From the landing they would travel either on open water or frozen surfaces south on the Frederick House River to Nighthawk Lake and continue a short way westward to the mouth of the Porcupine River then northward up a short way to Hill's Landing (south of present-day Hoyle). At Hill's Landing one could get a cheap meal at Mr. Hill's boarding house or spend the night to recover and muster up enough energy for the rest of journey. It's approximately 12 miles directly westwards from Hill's landing to Golden City (Porcupine). During the spring, summer and fall one could choose to trek directly through the bush on a rough, swampy trail for about four hours or choose to take the much longer (by 20 miles) but easier route via the Porcupine River by combining two portages and canoes, boats and motor ferry service into Golden City.-J. Purificati Sources: Toronto Star Archives and "The Mining Magazine, Sept. 1910"
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