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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

Waterkeeper Alliance Launches New PSA
Save The River, the Waterkeeper for the Upper St. Lawrence River read more

End of Summer Update on Riverkeeper Monitoring Program
Save The River, as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, created the Riverkeeper Monitoring Program, a thriving community-based program to teach volunteers how to spot critical indicators of the River’s health while they are on the St. Lawrence River. Volunteers receive training in identifying problems that can impact water quality, tracking down sources of pollution and ... read more

Riverkeeper Program Training August 18th & 21st
Save The River will offer training sessions for its Riverkeeper Monitoring Program on Saturday, August 18th at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, August 21st at 6 p.m. at its office at 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton. read more

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409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624
p: (315) 686-2010

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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 
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