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.
A Celebration for Future Generations
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, friends and family gathered at the Pavilion at Wellesley Island State Park to celebrate the establishment of the Kenneth Deedy Environmental Internship Fund. Attendees reminisced about Ken Deedy and his passion for the Thousand Islands region, and came together as a community in support of this exciting endeavor. In honor […] read more
Beach Watch: Week 2 – July 8, 2019 Results
The Week 2 Beach Watch results from July 8, 2019 showed that the five locations that submitted samples all passed: Frink Park, Lake of the Isles, and Wilson Bay at 3’ depth all had E. coli bacteria colony levels of less than 1.0 per 100 milliliters (ml), Round Island had a level of 1.0 per […] read more
Rock For The River® Takes Hiatus in 2017
We would like to use this space to describe why Save The River took these actions and how our decisions align with the organization’s mission and current priorities. read more
Seriously?! NO Great Lakes Restoration funding, ZERO!
It is hard to comprehend, but . . . read more
President Takes Action to Limit Clean Water Rule Protections
As the Riverkeeper for the St. Lawrence River, downstream of the 5 Great Lakes, drinking water for 40 million people, collector of human and industrial wastes from 8 states, we know full well the impact of the President’s order. And like the Waterkeeper Alliance and all freshwater groups in American, we will fight this. From […] read more
Highlights of Save The River’s 28th Winter Conference
Links to many of the presentations and videos presented. read more
Riverkeeper Statement to Watertown ‘Sister Rally’
"We are entering challenging times for many (if not all) social justice issues, within which we must include the right to clean - swimmable, fishable, drinkable - water." read more
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