Save The River Staff


John Peach, Executive Director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

John was appointed to serve as executive director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper in August of 2018. John served on Save The River’s board from 2000-2018 in several key roles including as president from 2004-2007, on the executive committee, and most recently as treasurer leading the finance committee. He has been an active volunteer in Save The River’s Common Tern Monitoring program and shoal marking program and will continue his work in these programs while serving as executive director. Prior to his retirement several years ago, John worked as an international business consultant in fields including arts, oceanographic research, environmental, and pharmaceuticals. He and his wife Pat call Huckleberry Island near Ivy Lea home for a significant portion of the year.


Kendall Hathaway, Office Assistant

Kendall is a native of Dothan Alabama and recent graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While at Auburn, she worked in the agricultural department where she gained a greater appreciation for environmental conservation. She and her husband Ethan now live in Cape Vincent and spend as much time as possible on the River or in Chaumont Bay where his family has several cottages.


Margaret Hummel, Outreach Coordinator

Margaret joined the staff in late 2017. She grew up in Jamesville, New York but was lucky enough to spend all of her summers on the River at her family’s cottage on Grenell Island. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2007 she became a year round resident of Clayton, first working in the Thousand Islands School District before joining the staff at the Antique Boat Museum in 2011 where she served as the Director of Events and Marketing. Margaret and her husband, John Nuber, reside in Clayton where they enjoy as much time on the water as possible.


Patricia Shulenburg, Program Manager

Patricia earned her Interdisciplinary M.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from the University at Buffalo focusing her graduate studies on Great Lakes ecology and stream restoration. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the WNY PRISM in invasive species management and education. Patricia most recently worked for the NYS Office of Parks as the GLRI Dunes and Wetlands Restoration Coordinator managing projects at Sandy Island Beach State Park. She also founded the region’s first volunteer monitoring and stewardship program for the federally endangered Great Lakes piping plover and is an executive member of the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes Coalition. Her passion for the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes developed at an early age visiting her cottage in Henderson.


Bridget Wright, Development Director

While growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Bridget always looked forward to spending as much time as possible at her family's home on Crow Island in The Thousand Islands. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois she worked as Development Director for Shared Marketing Services in Chicago. In 2006 Bridget realized her lifelong dream and relocated permanently to the River to be near family. She was thrilled to join the staff at Save the River in 2010.


Linda Wright, Bookkeeper

Linda first joined Save the River as our volunteer bookkeeper from 1999-2002, returning in 2005 as a part-time employee. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Math from the University of New Hampshire. Her accounting career has been in both non-profit and for-profit environments. Linda and her husband Eric live in Evans Mills where they raise sheep. She enjoys spending her free time quilting, gardening, and reading.

Latest News

Save The River Appoints Executive Director
John Peach appointed as Save The River executive director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper. read more

Save The River Announces Interim Executive Director
Save The River announced today that John Peach has been appointed to serve as the executive director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper in an interim capacity until a new director has been hired. John has resigned from his position on the board of directors to serve in this interim role. The search process for the […] read more

Save The River Executive Director Departing
Search for new leadership to begin. read more

Save The River Announces Additions to Staff – Updated
Additions to staff in key positions - Program Manager, Outreach Coordinator & Office Assistant - add depth and experience. read more

Northern New York Business Magazine Interviews Riverkeeper / Executive Director
To talk about the environmental and economic impacts of Plan 2014 among other things. 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

More on the Documentary “Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers”
"I am honored, as Riverkeeper & Executive Director of Save The River, to be able to speak about the work we and many others have done to preserve, protect and restore the St. Lawrence River as part of what looks to be an excellent documentary about the threats to freshwater bodies across North America and some of the restoration efforts occurring in communities across the continent." 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

A Voice for Clean Water
Clean, drinkable water is a basic human necessity. It is fundamental to the environment that sustains all human activity. read more

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About Us

Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The River

The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Over half of Save The River's budget comes from individual memberships and contributions. Supporting us with an annual membership donation will keep our River advocacy, education and research programs going strong.

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Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

Photos from around the River

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  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
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