Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed director Roxanne Filion and Canadian Environmental Law Association northern services counsel Kerrie Blaise at the Porcupine Watershed open house. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

November 13, 2020 By: Maija Hoggett

People had the chance to learn more about what’s happening at Porcupine Lake this week.

For the Porcupine River Watershed Open House at the Maurice Londry Community Centre in South Porcupine residents were able to talk directly with local experts. The event featured representation from Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed (FPRW), City of Timmins, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Newmont Porcupine, Porcupine Health Unit, Mattagami Region Conservation Authority, Lakeshore Gold and Glencore Kidd. The Ministry of Environment was also on hand to answer questions.

In Porcupine and South Porcupine, when the system’s capacity is exceeded sewage is bypassed into Porcupine Lake.

Upgrading the system is required for the city to meet a Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) director’s order, and there is a two-phase project to remediate it.

The pricetag for the phase one — building Pumping Station 4 and installing two stormwater equalization tanks at a site on Highway 101 just east of the Whitney Arena — is more than expected, and is anticipated to be functional in the fall.