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
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.
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
Save The River Reports on Week 7 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 7. read more
Save The River Honors Exceptional Volunteers
This year Juliane Flora was honored as Volunteer of the Year. This award is given each year to a volunteer who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts. Ms. Flora has been a devoted volunteer for over 20 years who most recently worked with Save The River to author and publish Haas, The Great Blue Heron, a children’s book for teachers and students participating in the Save The River In the Schools education program. read more
Jefferson County, Town of Clayton Pass Resolutions Endorsing Plan 2014
The Jefferson County Board of Legislators and the Clayton Town Board have unanimously passed resolutions in support of Plan 2014 at their August and July meetings respectively. read more
Save The River Reports on Week 5 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 5. read more
Watertown Daily Times Endorses Plan 2014
Good to go. "Plan 2014, should be implemented as soon as possible . . . Doing nothing will allow damage to shoreline sand dunes, wetland spawning grounds for native fish and homes for millions of shore birds that has been underway for more than 50 years to continue . . . Plan 2014 would improve the ecological quality of the waterways and restore fish populations." read more
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