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


California just introduced a revolutionary bill that could make non-recyclable plastic a thing of the past.

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What is a Watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. Homes, farms, cottages, forests, small towns, big cities and more can make up watersheds. Some cross municipal, provincial and even international boarders. They come in all shapes and sizes and can vary from millions of acres, like the land that drains into the Great lakes, to a few acres that drain into a pond.

Check out Watersheds 101 website Here


The biggest pollutants threatening Canadian lakes

Canada many lakes, rivers, streams, and other bodies of water make up 7 percent of the world’s renewable freshwater. Unfortunately, the biggest threat to fresh water is rooted in human development. Generally, water is considered “polluted” when people can’t drink it or fish can’t survive in it, and I can almost guarantee that we all know of at least one beach that is controlled by a sign dictating whether it is safe to swim in the waters or not. Of all the polluted waters in the world, Lachine Canal in Quebec is the second image on Wikipedia’s “Water Pollution” page. Lake Ontario and Lake Erie have a particularly bad reputation, but most unfortunate was probably last year, when Lake Winnipeg was named the most threatened lake in the world. Pollutants can enter our lakes through a variety of different ways. Here, we’ve listed some of the biggest pollution threats to Canadian lakes, along with some suggestions to help reduce your impact. Read Full Article

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

Students help to unofficially launch program

Yellow fish will soon be 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 stormdrains as a visual reminder that only rain is supposed to go down the storm drains,” said Crystal Percival, MRCA drinking water source protection lead. 


Check out the MRCA Photos


Angie Corson of FPRW helping out at the Yellow Fish MRCA event.

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 our rivers, lakes and streams and anything other than rainwater can harm life in and around the water, as well as us as Canadians who need clean water. Participants learn that together we can prevent pollutants such as soap, fertilizer, litter, dirt, oil, pet feces and construction materials from entering storm drains and protect Canada’s water. Visit Yellow Fish

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Porcupine Lake 2nd Annual Cleanup
May 25, 2019

This is a great example of what happens when our community comes together! Thank you to our amazing board members, volunteers and sponsors for helping us clean Porcupine Lake. Together we filled a dump truck of trash! You guys are the absolute best.

We want to thank all of the friends of the Friends who continue to keep our watershed clean all year round. Thank you for picking up trash on your daily walks, jogs and rides and making the effort to keep South End clean!

Check out the Cleanup Photo Gallery

Draw Your Perfect Porcupine Lake Contest

We are so excited to announce the winners of our Draw Your Perfect Porcupine Lake contest! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit entries, there are some pretty perfect Porcupine Lakes here! If you did not pick up your prize at the Porcupine Lake Clean Up, please send us a message!

Children Category:
1st Place – Kerianne Kring – 2nd Place – Van Mondor

Youth Category:
1st Place – Tanaeya Kring – 2nd Place – Avelyn Kring

Adult Category:
1st Place – Sylvie Labelle – 2nd Place – Nathan Kring

Check out the drawings


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