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The aim of this First Phase of the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is to develop a management
framework for the long term assessment and monitoring of the Porcupine River Watershed. This framework would also detail a program of remediation and restoration through the implementation of specific programs and projects directed at impaired beneficial uses. Impaired beneficial uses are referred to as ecosystem services whose integrity is jeopardized due to changes in the chemical, physical, or biological ecological constituents, which are identified and discussed further in Chapter 3. Click to read full document

The aim of the Second Phase of the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) was to begin the implementation of the Porcupine River Watershed Restoration Action Plan adopted in 2014 (The Porcupine River Watershed Remedial Action Plan Stage 1 Report). During this Second Phase a not-for profit, for public benefit organization named the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed was formed and incorporated to take over as a non-formal “stewardship committee” with the goal of spearheading the Remedial Action Plan, to continue to work with all stakeholders of the First Phase, including provincial ministries, local government, local industry, the larger public and concerned non-governmental organizations. Click to read full document

On August 9, 2018, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and our local group jointly sponsored a community information meeting at the Senator Hotel. The topic was the Environmental Bill of Rights and how it can be used. Several members of the Porcupine Lake Information spoke up. We publicly asked Mayor Black and City representatives to reconsider our request for a Porcupine Liaison Committee.

Click to read full letter from President Brenda Torresan



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CONGRATULATIONS TO Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed!!

The Venture Centre is please to present the FPRW with a cheque for $5000 in support of their ”COVID Strategic Plan” project.

These funds are supported through The Venture Centre Community Relief Fund which was created to assist communities and not for profits with projects that support their recovery efforts post COVID-19.

This fund would not be possible without the generous support of The Venture Centre’s funder, FedNor.

Thank you for your application and we look forward to seeing your project come to life!


FÉLICITATIONS AU @Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed !!

Le Centre de développement est heureux de remettre au FPRW un chèque de 5,000 $ pour son projet de “plan stratégique COVID”.

Ces fonds sont soutenus par le Fonds de rétablissement communautaire du Centre de développement qui a été créé pour aider les communautés et les organismes à but non-lucratif avec des projets qui soutiennent leurs efforts de rétablissement après le COVID-19.

Ce fonds ne seraient pas possible sans le généreux soutien du bailleur de fonds du Centre de développement, FedNor.

Merci pour votre candidature et nous avons hâte de voir votre projet prendre vie!

Updated Fish Contaminant Levels and Consumption Advisories for Porcupine Lake

Timmins, Ontario – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

After receiving the results of a recent fish sampling study 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. Click the buttons below to get more information.


Wait, This Again? Bill 229 Threatens To Undermine Conservation In The Province

Friends of Porcupine River Watershed welcome partnership with college

A Porcupine Health Unit report on contaminants in Porcupine Lake includes a  guide on how often you should eat the various species of fish caught there. Angie Corson is an environmental biologist and education director of Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed. READ MORE

White cow moose killed in Northern Ontario - CTV NEWS

Police and the Province investigating after someone shot and killed a white moose in Northern Ontario.


*NEW* 2019-2020 Year in review Newsletter

Check out what we’ve been up to for the last year. We thank eveyone that participated with us.

Stay tuned to this Website, FaceBook and Twitter as many new projects happening at FPRW in the coming months.

Study finds elevated levels of mercury, chromium in Porcupine Lake fish – read article

College signs on to help improve Porcupine Lake – read article

Northern College Partners to Take Action on Porcupine lake

Northern College Partners to Take Action on Porcupine Lake

TIMMINS ON: Northern College and the City of Timmins have met to create a new partnership with a dynamic community group, The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed, to improve conditions in and around Porcupine Lake.

On October 22, 2020, the three partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding to move the partnership forward. READ MORE

Warning! Contaminated fish in Porcupine Lake

“Use caution people. Is this a Concerning News story? Yes it is, however the researched information is now available and will serve to educate the public and keep them safe. It is always your choice. Will a follow up to the source happen? Yes it will as there are plans to do further studies to seek out the sources and discuss next steps. This study will most likely start by summer 2021. The ministry is committed to continued monitoring for the good of human health. Sediment sampling on the lake and down the river will also be part of the bigger plans. Meanwhile educate yourselves and do your part with the 2019 Fish Study and view the 2017-18 guide. Stay safe. Be healthy. Be well.” See the Ontario fish consumption advisory for Porcupine Lake HERE


By joining the Timmins Chamber, we add our voice to the strongest business lobby group in Timmins.
Becoming a member of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce helps us in countless ways and connects us to a network of more than 650 businesses in the region.
By joining we will make a difference on the issues that matter to our organization by using the strength of the Chamber network. The Chamber is dedicated to improving the business climate in Timmins, which is about working to bring change not only locally but also within the province and throughout Canada.

The Chamber will give the knowledge and skills we need to stay ahead of the curve and do business better. Tap into a wide range of best practices and professional development opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in Timmins thanks to a wide variety of Chamber events, programs, seminars, information sessions and eLearning modules. The Chamber will also help us to stay connected to what’s happening in the world of business with timely and relevant information that matters. This is a win-win membership for our organization, we look forward to what the future will bring.

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We have exceeded 1000 observations on our FPRW iNaturalist Project! If you want to discover the wonderful species that have been observed within our Porcupine River Watershed, click on the link below and explore! Want to help us find more? Create an account, take a photo of a mammal, plant, insect, or fish and submit it to the site or the app. We can’t wait to see what else the community is going to find! Visit iNaturalist website HERE

Explore and learn with Fprw iNaturalist © Project

FPRW is happy to launch their new iNaturalist© project! We invite you to explore, discover and record all the wonderful living species that you find in the Porcupine River Watershed area. This is a fun way to create an inventory of all living things around us. Anyone can explore and participate! CLICK HERE It’s fun and easy for nature lovers of all ages! Open the PDF documents for instructions on how you can participate and learn! Don’t hesitate to ask questions! Thank you to Andrew Warren for the beautiful cover photo on the iNaturalist project page.


We have exceeded 1000 observations on our FPRW iNaturalist Project! If you want to discover the wonderful species that have been observed within our Porcupine River Watershed, click on the link below and explore! Want to help us find more? Create an account, take a photo of a mammal, plant, insect, or fish and submit it to the site or the app. We can’t wait to see what else the community is going to find!


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Giving online is simple. At this present time we only accept e-transfers from your bank or by cheque (click here for mailing address)

Giving By Cheque

Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed appreciate your  cheque donation. Your kindness will help us attain our goals to restore the beneficial uses and to enhance the ecosystem of the Porcupine River Watershed which includes Porcupine River and Porcupine Lake.

Please make your cheque payable to: Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed

Mail to: Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed, P.O. Box 5111, South Porcupine, Ontario, PON1H0

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