Help Save The Porcupine River Watershed

The “Friends” offer public support to enhance the use and enjoyment of our waterways, and to restore the ecosystem of the Porcupine River Watershed

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Open Letter From Doctors On Ferrochrome Smelter

Should Sault Ste. Marie have a ferrochrome smelter built in the city? This is a critical question facing our community. A smelter would provide direct economic benefit to several hundred people and to associated businesses. We physicians are very concerned about the risk of contamination of the surrounding environment with chromium VI, a by-product of smelting that is a known cancer-causing agent. READ MORE

Send your views/comments/concerns to friendsporcupineriverwatershed@gmail.com

Ferrochrome plant – how it works in Finland. Letter to the Editor

This is more information about the proposed ferrochrome production facility in the Soo. The bulk of this information comes from an article entitled “Can’t compare smelters, Sudbury crowd told”, in the March 22, 2018 edition of The Sudbury Star. The Sault Star has so far refused to allow legitimate concerns about the smelter to be printed, so please share this information as much as possible so that the community is more informed about the potential dangers involved. READ MORE

Timmins still optimistic about ferrochrome smelter

TIMMINS – On the eve of Noront hosting an open house in Sault Ste. Marie at the Delta Hotel, Timmins Mayor George Pirie says he will patiently wait for the tide to turn. READ MORE

Porcupine Lake Observation Tests Summary

Water Ranger tests were conducted by Cristina Colantonio, husband Cory and children. Click HERE for the Observation Test Summary. Click HERE for the Observation Report

** Please note, to get explanation of each report you must click on the “Observation Report” link above, that link will bring to to each testing. To get explantion of each test click on “What’s this?” link.

Porcupine River Observation Tests Summary

Water Ranger tests were conducted by Cristina Colantonio, husband Cory and children. Click HERE for the Observation Test Summary. Click HERE for the Observation Report

** Please note, to get explanation of each report you must click on the “Observation Report” link above, that link will bring to to each testing. To get explantion of each test click on “What’s this?” link.

Empower anyone to learn about, test and act to protect our waterways.

Friends of The porcupine River Watershed conduct monthly surface water testing through water rangers, to build up data in data deficient areas. Testing parameters are: pH, conductivity , dissolved oxygen, air temperature, chlorine, clarity, hardness  and water temperature.

Learn more about Water Rangers here and get your community involved

Have you seen these signs around the City?

The City of Timmins and the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority joined forces to install twelve new provincially standard ‘drinking water protection zone’ road signs in designated protection zones within the City of Timmins.

The new signage is part of a public education awareness initiative, to alert residents that their actions in these zones can impact the municipal drinking water source – the Mattagami River.

We encourage you to visit www.dwsp.ca to find out more information about what these signs mean.

Sergio Grando, City of Windsor manager of energy initiatives, is shown inside Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. A City of Windsor proposal is to divert a portion of sewer line flow from a large trunk sewer to cool the massive aquatic centre. “Sewage, or waste water, is in abundance,” said Sergio Grando, the city’s manager of energy initiatives. The pilot project expected to reduce the $270,000 annual energy costs for heating the pool, and heating and cooling the air in the downtown swimming facility by at least $150,000. There is also the potential to sell any excess heat to District Energy, which provides heating and cooling to major downtown customers.Photo by Nick Brancaccio

Read Full Story HERE

Market Place asked 3 companies to recycle Canadian plastic and secretly tracked it. Only 1 company recycled the material

After several instances of Canadian plastic waste turning up overseas, Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic. So we bought bales of film plastic ready for recycling, hid trackers inside them, and then re-inserted the plastic back into the recycling stream in British Columbia. (Eric Szeto/CBC) Read More

Cities urge federal leaders to wade into wastewater debate

Billions of litres of untreated wastewater pouring into Canadian waterways: Environment Canada

YELLOW FISH ROAD PAINT EVENT

August 13, 2019

Special thank you to Kerrie Blaise (center) of CELA (Canadian Environmental Law Association) for taking part in the Yellow Fish Road program with FPRW.

2nd SUCCESSFUL YELLOW FISH ROAD PAINT EVENT

August 13, 2019 – Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed, the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee and the Wintergreen Fund for Conservation would like to thank all the volunteers that made time to help us today.  In total 22 drains were painted on Bristol Road and are visual reminders that the only thing going down these drains is rain water, anything else is untreated. Please do your part to help us manage our watershed.
Watch CTV News report here

Sept 19, 2019 – Researcher calls for less road salt to be used on area roads

Road salt is used to keep roads clear in the winter but a researcher says municipalities should reduce the amount used due to the impact on local lakes. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC) An expert on road salt and its effect on waterways says municipalities need to start finding...

Aug 13, 2019 – COUNCIL MEETING WHITNEY TISDALE LIFT STATION UPGRADES

August 13, 2019 Click HERE to see the council video Read the full Whitney-Tisdale Lift Station Status Report HERE This is like a recurring nightmare. Councillor Curley is disappointed.... "I think Taxpayers should be outraged! Property values and people's lives have...

Yellow Fish Road Project

Yellow Fish Road™Since 1991, Trout Unlimited Canada’s award-winning Yellow Fish Road™ program has been Canada’s premier water education program targeted to reduce water pollution. The Yellow Fish Road™ program educates Canadians that storm drains are the doorways to...

How Much Do You Really Know About Plastic Pollution?

How Much Do You Really Know About Plastic Pollution?Here's a short quiz for you: FILL IN THE BLANK: By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than _______. What percent of plastic ever produced has been recycled? TRUE OR FALSE: When you recycle...

Here’s why you’ll see yellow fish on the roads

June 19, 2019 – Students help to unofficially launch program, Yellow Fish have been popping up across the city. The Mattagami Region Conservation Authority  (MRCA) Teamed up with students from W. Earle Miller Public School for the unofficial launch of the Yellow Fish Road Program. “The purpose of the program is just to raise awareness about stormwater pollution and we’re painting Yellow Fish on the sides of the storm drains as a visual reminder that only rain is suppose to go down the storm drains” said Crystal Percival, MRCA Drinking Water Source Protection Lead.

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