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.
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
“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
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
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
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