Save The River is the leading grassroots, environmental advocate working to protect and preserve the Upper St. Lawrence River.
Since 1978 Save The River has worked with thousands of year-round and seasonal members, on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the River, to ensure that the upper St. Lawrence River is protected for future generations. Our advocacy positions - from acting as a watchdog on St. Lawrence Seaway issues to fighting for environmentally sound water levels regulation - are based on independent science and community outreach.
“Not prepared” is not acceptable when it comes to heavy oil shipments.
We on the River know all too well what it means when agencies that are supposed to be prepared aren’t and events occur which exceed training and resources. Oil and water didn’t mix 38 years ago when the NEPCO 140 spilled 300,000 gallons of oil on the St. Lawrence River and they won’t today. read more
Vote for the River. Vote for Plan 2014. UPDATED
Overwhelming Support for Plan 2014 in Watertown Daily Times Poll. You voted! Thanks to everyone who participated and voted 'Yes!' for Plan 2014 in the poll. read more
Watertown Daily Times nails it:”Proceed with Plan 2014″
From the Watertown Daily Times, "It's imperative that the U.S. and Canadian governments implement Plan 2014...The problem with the call by south shore partisans to block Plan 2014 is there are no accompanying recommendations to reverse the damage done to the ecosystems over the past several decades." read more
Coast Guard not prepared for a ”heavy” oil spill on the St. Lawrence River
“Response plans and organization are not capable of responding to heavy oil spills” according to Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard’s District 9, which includes the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. read more
Great Lakes racing to prepare for a new kind of oil spill-WBEZ Radio Chicago
The explosion in tar sands production in western Canada means increasing amounts of crude oil is making its way to the American Midwest...Tar sands bitumen is different than traditional crude oil. It’s heavier and it sinks in freshwater...“The Midwest and the Great Lakes lie at a virtual crossroads of production and transportation and distribution. And because those things carry inherent risk. we’re faced with some tough questions about how to deal with that” read more
Save The River Executive Director Attends Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
Lee Willbanks, Save The River Executive Director and Upper St.Lawrence Riverkeeper attended the 10th Annual Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week as a presenter and participant. read more
Riverkeeper Volunteer Training in Massena set for Wednesday, September 24th
The next Riverkeeper Volunteer training will be held in in Massena area on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:00pm at the NYSDEC St. Lawrence Habitat Project office located at 1003 County Route 39, Chase Mills, NY 13621. read more
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