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

WHAT AREA DOES THE PORCUPINE RIVER WATERSHED COVER?

Ontario is making it cheaper and easier for industries to pollute our waters

Last week, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Hon. Jeff Yurek held a media conference. He claimed that changes proposed in the province’s latest omnibus bill, Bill 132, will hold big industrial polluters more accountable. The reality, on the other hand, is that these changes will have the opposite effect. Read More

Photo credit: Flickr user Benny Lin

ONTARIO TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOLD POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE

TORONTO — Ontario’s government is delivering on its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commitment to hold polluters accountable, bring violators back into compliance quickly, and support local environmental projects. 

CITY WORKING TO ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

The City of Timmins is leading by example when it comes to single-use plastics. This week, council approved a phased-in approach to eliminate singe-use plastics within the corporation. The motion doesn’t include medical waste or items needed by people with disabilities.

friends 2019 ACHIEVEMENTS

Every year the Board of Directors set a number of goals that we attempt to meet, so far this year we are on track to fulfill them all. These goals are only successful when we have residentss that are willing to commit some time and volunteer with us to make these goals a reality. In addition to volunteers, our local sponsors play a huge part in our success. FPRW wish to extends our thanks to everyone who helped us out this year!

NORONT STILL COMMITTED TO SAULT FERROCHROME PLANT

After more than five hours of consultations with sometimes-hostile Saultites, Noront Resources Ltd. says it still prefers Sault Ste, Marie as the future site of its billion-dollar ferrochrome facility. Hundreds of locals showed up at the company’s first open house Wednesday for its proposed ferrochrome processing facility. Last week, Timmins Mayor George Pirie predicted his city will end up as home to the controversial smelter.

Ring of Fire developer faces tide of opposition to Sault ferrochrome plant

Erin Brockovich might be the most watched movie in Sault Ste. Marie these days. When Noront Resources president Alan Coutts grabs the mic at the Delta Hotel on Oct.23 for the first of, likely, many community presentations, he’ll have to reassure residents that the Sault won’t become Hinkley, Calif., and remind them that his company’s proposed ferrochrome smelter isn’t getting built anytime soon.

Noront officials grilled on proposed Soo smelter

Published Thursday, October 24, 2019 

Thursday night in Sault Ste. Marie, residents had an opportunity to speak with Noront Resources officials regarding the ferrochrome smelter that is expected to be built in the city over the next decade as part of the Ring of Fire project. For five hours, the Noront team was grilled by the public with concerns regarding the proposed smelter. CTV News spoke with Noront President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Coutts at the event. Coutts said his team was asked a lot of question. READ MORE

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. The smelter is to be located next to the Steel Mill …

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

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.

ONTARIO TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOLD POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE

TORONTO — Ontario’s government is delivering on its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commitment to hold polluters accountable, bring violators back into compliance quickly, and support local environmental projects. As part of the Better for People, Smarter for...

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...

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