Our Mission and History

Save The River was formed in 1978 to protect and preserve the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education, and research.

Leading Advocate for the St. Lawrence River

Since 1978 Save The River has been the leading grassroots advocacy organization working to protect the St. Lawrence River.

As the region's only environmental watchdog group, Save The River takes an active role in River policy issues. Over the years, Save The River has fought to stop winter navigation, expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway infrastructure, pressed for better spill response planning and sought public accounting of shipping accidents, and campaigned for better water levels management.

In 2004, Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance.

To learn more about Save The River's advocacy work, visit our What We Do page.

Save The River also conducts outreach campaigns about River issues and works with volunteers to monitor River water quality and wildlife. To learn more about Save The River's programs, visit our What We Do page

Grassroots Advocate

Save The River is a member-based organization representing more than 4,500 individuals, followers and families who live, work and play along the River. Our members and followers include local year-round residents, business owners, summer people, vacationers, Americans and Canadians.

To learn more about Save The River's membership and benefits, visit our membership page.

Latest News

Update: Montreal Sewage dump will start at midnight tonight
Save The River encourages citizens to contact the mayor with opposition. read more

Save The River Applauds Federal Legislation that would Ban Crude Oil Shipments on the Great Lakes
U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced the legislation today which in addition to banning crude oil in vessels, requires a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of hazardous pipelines in the region. This legislation would also compel an assessment of oil spill response and cleanup plans, require ice cover be part of worst-case scenarios in response plans and increase public information about pipelines for local communities. read more

Save The River Annual Meeting Held New Board Members and Officers Elected
It is great to have Karen Douglass Cooper, Jessica Jock, and Cicely Johnston, each of whom come from previously under-represented regions of the St. Lawrence River, join our Board read more

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik​ visits Save The River: Reaffirms her strong support for Plan 2014.
In addition to Plan 2014 the Congresswoman raised other issues of concern to the River community such as threats from invasive species and microbeads. read more

Save The River Featured in NNY Outdoor Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2015 Issue
Keeper's of the mighty St. Lawrence River. For nearly 40 years, Clayton's Save The River has kept watch over a major north country resource. read more

US EPA and Army Corps Issue Weak Clean Water Rule
The Upper St. Lawrence River has 5,000 square miles of watershed and all of the waterways in it deserve protection under the Clean Water Act. It isn't right to roll back over 40 years of working for clean water. read more

Panel to Discuss Oil Transport at Winter Environmental Conference
Oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River are already an unpleasant reality. However, the dramatically increased extraction of heavy oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands has lead to increased pressure to transport these cargoes on and near the River. A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River read more

Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health
Canada and Ontario have signed a new Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health. This document sets out Canada and Ontario’s respective commitments over the next five years for implementing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement signed in 2012 read more

Broad-Based Coalition Calls on the Federal Government to Act on Plan 2014
Diverse coalition supports Plan 2014, a modern lake management plan to restore the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and revitalize shoreline communities read more

Save The River sent a short questionnaire on a variety of environmental issues to candidates for office in the 21st Congressional District, the 47th & 48th New York State Senate Districts and the 116th Assembly District. read more

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About Us

Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The River

The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Join or Give

Over half of Save The River's budget comes from individual memberships and contributions. Supporting us with an annual membership donation will keep our River advocacy, education and research programs going strong.

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Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
 Pictures from our Flickr photostream

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Clayton, NY 13624

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