Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance.
What is a Riverkeeper?
Riverkeepers work to protect the public's right to clean water by
- Patrolling local waterways
- Tracking down sources of pollution
- Responding to citizen complaints
- Identifying problems that impact water quality
- Advocate for environmental laws and regulations to ensure clean water
Waterkeepers are full-time, privately-funded, non-governmental advocates for an identified river, lake, bay, or sound. They are recognized by their community, local government, and media as the voice for that particular body of water.
Most importantly, Waterkeepers advocate compliance with environmental laws, respond to citizen complaints, identify problems which affect their identified bodies of water and devise appropriate remedies to address these problems.
Who is the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper?
As Executive Director of Save The River, Lee Willbanks also serves as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper. In this role, Lee serves as the primary voice and advocate for the Upper. St. Lawrence River.
You can help be our eyes and ears out on the River by joining the Riverkeeper Monitoring Program. Volunteers learn about how to identify wildlife and pollution issues, and how to report pollution problems.
To learn more about this program, visit our Riverkeeper Volunteers page.
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
Riverkeeper and Executive Director records his Watermark
The Watermark Project is a community effort to collect and archive true stories about the ways people interact with water started by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. read more
Saving the St. Lawrence
The Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper kicks off a month of shining the spotlight on the threat an outdated water management plan poses to wetlands, fish, wildlife and local communities with the first of a series of blogs on the American Rivers website. read more
Blue Fish Radio Interviews Riverkeeper about Most Endangered Designation
In depth interview by one of Canada's top-sponsored anglers explores damage to River by current water levels management plan and need for Plan 2014. read more
Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Executive Director named Freshwater Hero and Citizen Advocate of the Year
In naming him Citizen Advocate of the Year, Freshwater Heroes said the following about Lee: “. . . you can trust that Lee is there, standing up for the St. Lawrence, each and every day.” read more
Protect the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River from radioactive material
Today more than 100 organizations from around the Great Lakes are calling on the Canadian and American governments to list radionuclides as a “chemical of mutual concern” under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. read more
“Meet the upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper; Save The River prepares to host annual conference”
The upper St. Lawrence River’s largest environmental group holds its annual winter conference this weekend. read more
Erie County Pennsylvania passes the strongest microbead ban in the nation
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who is pushing for a statewide ban, has estimated that 19 tons of microbeads enter New York waterways each year read more
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