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

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

2014 CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE
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

Plan 2014 best way to preserve waterways
As the approval of Plan 2014 moves forward, Save the River will work as we always have to ensure river communities and wetland restoration efforts receive an appropriate share of the benefits it provides. Concerned representatives from other areas should do the same for their communities. read more

Everybody Must Care! Support Plan 2014!
On October 15th Lee Willbanks, Executive Director for Save The River, will address the Environmental Management Council on “Plan 2014”. According to Willbanks, “This is an important opportunity for Save The River to present evidence of how ‘Plan 2014’ will benefit St.Lawrence County residents, businesses, tourism, and hydropower production, while at the same time improve spawning areas for fish, nesting for migratory birds, and biodiversity in the region. Save The River hopes that the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators joins other local governments in supporting this new Plan. We hope that our federal officials will listen to the voices of the people and adopt ‘Plan 2014’”. read more

Statement from Living Waters Rally 2014
Healthy, living waters are essential to the health and prosperity of our communities and the survival of all species. Canada is blessed to still have some of the world’s most pristine waters and thus has a global obligation to protect them and to restore those waters that are suffering—before its too late. 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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