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imageSave 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.

Take Action!

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.

Latest News

Coast Guard not prepared for a ”heavy” oil spill on the St. Lawrence River
“Response plans and organization are not capable of responding to heavy oil spills” according to Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard’s District 9, which includes the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. 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 8 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports that all beach water samples taken on August 25th passed and the beaches are safe for swimming. 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

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 6 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 6. 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

Save The River’s Summer Raffle!
This summer Save The River is raffling off a beautiful Great-Blue Heron that was hand-carved and painted by George Textor. read more

See our blog for more news!     

Get in Touch

409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624
p: (315) 686-2010
e: info@savetheriver.org

River Photos

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 
 Pictures from our Flickr photostream

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