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June 24, 2022

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) June 2022 Bulletin

Yellow Fish program aims to make indelible impression on students

Raising awareness about storm water pollution

Students from St. Joseph School in South Porcupine got a chance to get outdoors on Monday as part of the Yellow Fish road program from the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority.

The Yellow Fish road program raises awareness about storm water pollution, and how it can impact local wildlife areas and waterways.

“A lot of people don’t realize that the water that goes into the storm drains goes untreated into our lakes and rivers, so we’re just trying to raise awareness and remind people that only rain should go down the storm drains,” said Crystal Percival, the MRCA’s drinking water source protection lead.

Successful June 4th lake cleanup

FPRW had a successful morning with 70 members of the community helping clean up Porcupine Lake and the Porcupine River Watershed. Not only did we clean around Porcupine Lake, we had a group at the North Bart Thompson trail and a group at Nighthawk. Thank you to all our Clean Up Day participants and our sponsors. The sponsor list is long and another personal thank you post to all of them will follow soon. We weathered the storm for the day and finished just in time, packed up and gone by rain time. The Winner of our $250 Environmental package was young Jackson Payeir 288.2386. Wearing his Batman Shirt for the clean up. He took home as part of his prize package an amazing Bat House. He was excited. Hope you enjoy the following pictures and hope you take your well deserved break. Thank you all again.

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY

On May 14, 2022, the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed celebrated World Migratory Bird Day by hosting a guided bird walk at Porcupine Lake. Participants walked the Prospector trail with their binoculars to watch and listen to various migrating birds. From waterfowl feeding on the lake, Savannah Sparrows singing in tall grass and shrubs, and various colourful migrating warblers singing in mixed forest; the group got to experience the variety of habitat that Porcupine Lake offers to migrating and resident birds. Overall, the group counted 37 species in two hours and the list was submitted to eBird, a worldwide database of bird observations. In the past decade, 193 different species of birds were observed and documented at Porcupine Lake, making it a prime location for local bird enthusiasts. 

Canada dumps billions of litres of raw sewage into natural waterways annually. How can we stop?

When you flush your stuff, it flows into a network of sewage pipes that lead to a sewage treatment plant where it is cleaned and treated before the remaining water is dumped into the ocean.

EARTH DAY TIPS. WE CAN ALL DO OUR PART!

Change starts with action. Better yet, an action that affects the world around you. A Billion Acts of Green are happening across the planet.

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

WATER IS LIFE, LET'S PROTECT IT!

Clean water is essential for our health and the environment. The way we use it, pollution and climate change are affecting this precious resource.

City announces completion of Whitney-Tisdale pump station

The Whitney-Tisdale Pump Station No. 4 project is now complete and the fully operational station has been turned over to the city.Commissioning activities included a 14-day trial period, which ended successfully as of March 17.“The station has been modernized with new...

13 THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DUMP DOWN THE DRAIN

BRIGHT SIDE There are some substances that are particularly dangerous for your drain. Follow some simple rules and avoid dumping certain things down your drain to save your money and nerves. Why is a clogged drain so terrible in the first place? The most obvious...

Why should I not flush kitchen towels down my toilet?

With the recent insanity that is running rampant in our communities resulting in people hoarding toilet paper, I'm now starting to see people talking about buying up paper towel, facial tissue, and baby wipes to use as an alternative. Just cut that paper towel in...

GROUP HELPS ‘ELEVATE THE PUBLIC VOICE’ FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS

    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...

‘GOOD FIRST STEP’ TO ADDRESSING WATERSHED CONCERNS IN EAST END

    The question on everyone’s mind at the Porcupine River Watershed open house was “When can we enjoy Porcupine Lake again like we used to?”   [button...

TALK TO THE EXPERTS AT THE OPEN HOUSE FOR PORCUPINE WATERSHED

It's happening Wednesday, Feb. 12 about an hour ago By: Maija Hoggett The Porcupine Watershed Open House is being held at the Maurice Londry Community Centre in South Porcupine. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday   [button...

HEALTH OF PORCUPINE WATERSHED FOCUS OF PUBLIC MEETING

Session will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Maurice Londry Centre in South Porcupine. Richa Bhosale More from Richa Bhosale Published on: February 3, 2020 | Last Updated: February 3, 2020 8:16 PM EST Brenda Torresan, chair of the Porcupine Watershed...

WHITNEY-TISDALE SEWER PROJECT TO COST MORE THAN ESTIMATED

    Timmins Today Work on the Whitney Pumping Station 4 started in 2014. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday Both phases are expected to be finished next year By: Maija Hoggett   [button...

COUNCIL NOTEBOOK – WHITNEY STATION UPGRADES – PORCUPINE WATERSHED ASKS COUNCIL FOR PROJECT FUNDING

Council Notebook Published on: December 13, 2019 | Last Updated: December 13, 2019 9:50 PM EST Council approves long-term financial plan City council has approved a long-term financial plan for Timmins. David Landers, the city’s chief administrative officer, presented...

City of Timmins Official Plan

FPRW Letter City Official Plan Input 2022

FPRW Recommendations COT Official Plan February 2022

Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Summary (3)

NORTHERNONTARIO.CTVNEWS.CA

Delay in wastewater upgrades in Timmins

The city of Timmins changed its deadline for wastewater upgrades …..

City of Timmins Jan 25, 2022 PRESENTATIONS & REPORTS

Composting and Co-digestion Feasibility Study – S. Tam and Indra Maharjan (OCWA)

City of Timmins Jan 25, 2022 PRESENTATIONS & REPORTS

McIntyre Lift Station Upgrades – Y. Deslauriers

Melview Park Residential Development

City of Timmins Official Plan Update

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CRAWFORD NICKEL SULPHIDE PROJECT

Presentation and engagement activities.
FPRW Meeting Report

 

CRAWFORD PROJECT

Delivering the Next Generation of Nickel Sulphide Projects

September 2021

Water level data on Porcupine Lake

Real-Time Hydrometric Data Graph for PORCUPINE LAKE NEAR PORCUPINE (04MD005) [ON]

by Andrew Warren

Final amended Director’s Order

815 Gervais St. N. Sewage collection system for the community of Porcupine & South Porcupine as associated with the Whitney-Tisdale Sewage Treatment Plant Timmins, District of Cochrane

COMPLETION DATE EXTENSION

FPRW has exciting project for the nature enthusiasts in our area!

The FPRW just created an iNaturalist project! We invite you to explore, discover and record all the wonderful living species that you find in the Porcupine River Watershed area.

LET'S EXPLORE

PORCUPINE LAKE & RIVER STUDY JANUARY 1978

This report contains results of thr following studies:

  • hydrology and hydraulics of the Porcupine Lake and Porcupine River downstream from the lake
  • annual flooding of areas around the lake and low-level conditions during the summer months
  • water quality and weed growth in the lake and the extent to which these factors relate to water level fluctuations.

Remedial action plans 1/2 & PLC

  • Remedial Action Plan #1
  • Remedial Action plan #2
  • Porcupine Watershed Public Liaison Committee (PLC) info

Water management: policies, guidelines, provincial water quality objectives

This 1994 publication contains the Ministry of the Environment and Energy policies and guidelines for the management of the province’s water resources. It gives direction on how to manage the quality and quantity of both surface and ground waters.

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Environmental Language glossary

An alphabetical list of terms or words found in or relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary.

WARNING! CONTAMINATED FISH IN PORCUPINE LAKE

2020 – After receiving the results of a recent fish sampling study (Updated fish contaminant levels and consumption advisories for Porcupine Lake) done in June 2019 by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) at Porcupine Lake in Whitney Township, the Porcupine Health Unit has reviewed the data in consultation with experts at Public Health Ontario regarding public health recommendations. PHU MEDIA RELEASE – EN/FR Officials in the Timmins Area are alerting people about increased contamination of fish in Porcupine Lake.


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