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.

She says we can’t blame just mining for the condition of the water.

“We have municipal impacts.  We have industrial impacts. We have mining impacts. We have residential impacts,” she lists off. “And it’s in the middle of our town, so I mean there’s many impacts on that lake.”

Angie Corson
(Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed)

Corson welcomes a new partnership with Northern College. She says the agreement is a hope to educate students and the community about the river and Porcupine Lake.

“So I think it’s really an opportunity to invite people who are in our community learning at the college to study the lake, study the environment and hopefully improving water quality.”

As the water is now, Corson says she probably wouldn’t eat the fish, and her family won’t swim in Porcupine Lake.