• Annual Porcupine Lake Surface Water Monitoring Program – read document
  • Fact Sheet Porcupine Lake Enhanced Water and Sediment Sampling – read document
  • What are Micropiles? – read document
  • Friends of the Porcupine River Newsletter – Summer 2019
  • Market Place asked 3 companies to recycle Canadian plastic and secretly tracked it. Only 1 company recycled the material

    After several instances of Canadian plastic waste turning up overseas, Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic. So we bought bales of film plastic ready for recycling, hid trackers inside them, and then re-inserted the plastic back into the recycling stream in British Columbia. (Eric Szeto/CBC) Read More

  • ‘Abundant’ raw sewage touted to heat and cool aquatic centre

    October 1, 2019 – Raw sewage flowing through a massive trunk line running under Riverside Drive — is being heralded as an untapped energy source to heat and cool the Windsor International Aquatic Centre. “Sewage, or waste water, is in abundance,” said Sergio Grando, the city’s manager of energy initiatives. The pilot project is expected to reduce the $270,000 annual energy costs for heating the pool, and heating and cooling the air in the downtown swimming facility, by at least $150,000. There is also the potential to sell any excess heat to District Energy, which provides heating and cooling to major downtown customers. Read More

  • Cities urge federal leaders to wade into wastewater debate

    September 1, 2019 – Billions of litres of untreated wastewater pouring into Canadian waterways: Environment Canada. The Canadian Press · 


     July 30, 2019 – A local group (Friends of The Porcupine River Watershed) is calling on people to lobby the government to reverse budget cuts to the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). Concerned about the amount of sewage being bypassed into Porcupine Lake, Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed has been working with CELA, a non-profit specialty law clinic, for more than a year. Read More

  • Timmins residents take advantage of annual hazardous waste day An estimated 50 to 65 tonnes of hazardous waste materials are removed from the city during this annual one-day event. The parking lot of the Archie Dillon Sportsplex quickly turned into the most hazardous place in Timmins over the weekend. Of course, that was by design. Saturday was hazardous waste day, an event hosted by the City of Timmins that allowed residents to dispose of all sorts of items in a safe and proper way. The city’s website also has a tool called the “Waste Wizard,” which identifies when and how your particular waste items can be recycled or disposed of. READ FULL ARTICLE

  • Filtering Microplastics from Your Machines: Ontario town to test potential solution for keeping microplastics out of the Great Lakes While Great Lakes’ communities have organized plastic pollution cleanups and recycling campaigns for decades now, the threat of microplastics water pollution is only starting to sink in. According to the United States Geological Survey, there are 112,000 particles of microplastics per square mile of Great Lakes water. One potential solution for keeping microplastics out of the lakes is washing machine filters, and it’s a solution that researchers in Ontario will be exploring over the next couple of years. READ FULL ARTICLE
  • “More Homes, More Choice Act” guts protections for Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals. READ FULL ARTICLE
  • Ottawa announces plans to ban single-use plastics starting in 2021 at the earliest – read more
  • Group aims to see Porcupine Lake return to past glory – read more
  • City hires firm to remove 50+ years worth of sludge from lagoon – read more
  • No wipe is flushable, finds research into 101 products – read more
  • Bob’s Lake Sewage Treatment Lagoon Update – read more
  • March 15, 2019 – Sad day for Ontario! Another strong voice muzzled when she spoke the truth! … read more
  • Spill reported at Porcupine Gold Mines … read more
  • Limited service capacity in East End has city weighing rezoning requests … read more
  • Litigation over Whitney sanitary station discussed behind closed doors … read more
  • DRAFT CITY OF TIMMINS OFFICIAL PLAN February 11, 2019 … read more
  • Tisdale Whitney Sanitary Pump Station project update … read more
  • Whitney – Tisdale Pumping Station No. 4 Project Update Feb 19, 2019 – PDF … read more
  • Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Township of Whitney … read more
  • Feb 13, 2019 – Darcy Perron brings attention to serious problem at Porcupine Lake (1999 – 2000) … read more
  • Feb 07, 2019 – FPRW Ecosystem Code of Conduct … click here
  • Feb 5, 2019 – Dave Landers – City of Timmins Communications … read more
  • Jan 29, 2019 – City creating new Porcupine Lake liaison committee … read more
  • Jan 22, 2018 – City of Timmins Porcupine Watershed Public Liaison Committee Dave Landers & Brenda Torresan … read more
  • Dec 11, 2018 – 2018 Council’s discussions Porcupine Lake Clean Up and water/sewage … view council video
  • November 26, 2018 – Ontario’s environmental commissioner has named and shamed some northern towns for contaminating local waters with sewage … watch video
  • November 26, 2018 – Northern towns named in provincial report say sewage pollution problems are expensive and complex … read more
  • November 22, 2018 – The environmental commissioner shows why the powers Doug Ford just eliminated are so important… read more
  • November 19, 2018 – Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will release her annual environmental protection report … read more
  • November 18, 2018 – AGM by-law changes 2018, Past constitutional by-laws 2015-06-22 FPRW
  • November 16, 2018 – Century Gold Project Update … read more
  • November 14, 2018 – newly elected officers of the corporation …. read more
  • November 14, 2018 – AGM Agenda November 14, 2018 Northern CollegeFPRW By-Law #1Submitted Amendments to By-law #1 for AGM November 14, 2018
  • November 13, 2018 – City trashed by ECO for discharges of sewage into Porcupine Lake … read more
  • October 2, 2018 – Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed send letter to Mayor and Council on disturbing river conditions … read letter here
  • October 2, 2018 – see what is being sent down to Nighthawk Lake and on to the Moose River and James Bay in this video … view here
  • September 2018 – CELA’S News Bulletin … read more
  • September 21, 2018 – Phone Conference Call: CELA, FPRW, City of Timmins and MOE … read more
  • September 13, 2018 – The Porcupine River Watershed Remedial Action Plan – Stage 1 ReportStage 2 Report
  • September 12, 2018 – Enhanced water sampling approved for Porcupine Lake … read more
  • September 11, 2018 – Council votes in favour of 3rd party sampling, not just surface, including shoreline clean-up and dredging MRCA will also be directly involved … see web-cast
  • City considering enhanced water sampling on Porcupine Lake … more info
  • Raw sewage being dumped into Porcupine Lake …. more info
  • August 13, 2018 – One trillion litres of sewage leaked into lakes and rivers over last five years … more info
  • August 9, 2019 – Concerns over water quality at a Timmins lake … more info, PDF file
  • July 26, 2018 – Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed Strategic Planning Session … more info
  • CTV Northern Ontario (date unknown): Porcupine River, A stretch of the Porcupine River In Timmins received some attention. CTV’s Joey Slattery reports… view video
  • Darcy Perron articles 1999 – 2000 HERE

July 10, 2016
The sunny weather on Sunday made for a perfect day to plant some trees along the Porcupine River in South Porcupine. The initiative was organized by the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed and included volunteers, Mackenzie Campsall, Brooke Kirley, Liah Shaw, Meaghan Stringer, Heidi Etzel and her five-year-old daughter Allie Etzel-Lizotte

June 21, 2015
2,000 shrubs and trees were planted along the Porcupine River on Highway 101 in South Porcupine and on Pearl Lake behind the McIntyre Arena in Schumacher thanks to the efforts of Meaghan Stringer, and other volunteers with the Friends of The Porcupine River Watershed. The event took place on Saturday afternoon where Stringer, who is also a youth steward ranger for the Ministry of Natural Resources, helped plant vegetation to increase biodiversity and repair damage that has been done along the watershed from mining and human activity.

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