Save The River’s 26th Annual Winter Environmental Conference
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:30 - Registration and morning coffee
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Winter Environmental Conference – Conference topics will include:
To Ship or Not - with the pace of oil extraction from the U.S. Midwest and Alberta tar sands picking up and increasing the pressure for ways to ship it to overseas markets the waters and watershed of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River are being considered as potential routes to the sea.
A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River. The panel will include Kushan Dave, Cornell University, co-author of the recently published report "A New Era of Crude Oil Transport", Anthony Mangoni, District Response Advisory Team Supervisor, Ninth Coast Guard District, Gary McCullough of the NYS DEC, and Emma Lui from the Council of Canadians. There will also be a visual presentation about the source of this potential new cargo by Alex MacLean.
State of the River - Speakers will provide updates on issues directly affecting the health of the St. Lawrence River. Dereth Glance, Commissioner to the U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission, will speak about the status of Plan 2014 and other water quality initiatives being undertaken by the IJC.
The New York State Attorney General’s Office, will provide an update on microbeads, the tiny plastic particles contained in personal care products, that have been found in alarming concentrations in the River, and the effort to ban them in New York.
A research scientist from the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences will speak about his research on the American Eel a once thriving and still iconic and culturally significant, but threatened St. Lawrence River inhabitant.
Attendees will also hear about programs aboard the Tall Ship Fair Jeanne, the Canadian sail training ship operated by the Ottawa-based youth charity, Bytown Brigantine Inc. from the captain and president and from Mary Bowman, Thousand Island Middle School teacher, who sailed on the NOAA research ship Lake Guardian.
4:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with cash bar
Conference registration fee: $45 Registration includes coffee, lunch, and cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP by Friday, January 30, 2015 by returning the reservation form to Save The River or by calling us at (315) 686-2010.
Hotel Reservations can be made at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel at a special rate of $99/night. Mention Save The River and reserve by January 6th by calling (315) 686-1100.
Save The River Supports the Microbead-Free Waters Act
Save The River applauds Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for reintroducing the Microbead-Free Waters Act again putting New York State in line to lead the effort to stop the use of microbeads in consumer products. read more
Cost of an Oil Spill Too High
The risk of an oil spill on the St. Lawrence River is an emerging threat as companies seek ways to transport the hug buildup of Bakken and tar sands oil. One oil tanker can carry the equivalent product of 225 rail cars or 870 trucks. If a ship carrying oil on the River was involved in an incident, a spill might not be the worse that could happen. In any case the end results would be devastating and the damage unimaginable. read more
Save The River’s Winter Conference Draws Record Attendance
“Save The River must engage on a wide range of issues because the St. Lawrence River is not an isolated waterbody, it is part of the largest freshwater system on earth”, said Mr. Willbanks. “In order for us to be effective we have formed partnerships with other organizations concerned with protecting freshwater. We are fortunate to be collaborating with agencies, and other not-for-profits and individuals throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region to deliver a strong message for swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.” read more
Can Alberta Sands oil be safely shipped on the St. Lawrence?
Only a few shipments of crude oil from Alberta Sands in Canada and the Bakken in North Dakota have come through the seaway, but environmentalists and state official are concerned more will come. read more
Risk of Crude Oil Spills Highlighted at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference
Much of the panel discussion was focused on the glut of crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana, which is being transported to refineries across the U.S. Experts said the crude oil — called diluted bitumen — has posed a serious threat to the Great Lakes and could impact the St. Lawrence River in the future. read more
26th annual Save the River winter conference boasts eclectic topics, speakers
[from the Watertown Daily Times] At the conference, residents and public officials will have an opportunity to hear from scientists, experts, activists and educators about issues of importance to the health of the St. Lawrence River. Conference topics will include “To Ship or Not”: with the pace of oil extraction from the U.S. Midwest and Alberta tar sands picking up and increasing the pressure for ways to ship it to overseas markets, the waters and watershed of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are being considered as potential routes to the sea. read more
7News This Morning Covers Approaching Winter Conference
Executive Director / Riverkeeper Lee Willbanks spoke with John Moore and Beth Hall about the Conference's focus on issues facing the St. Lawrence River - the potential transport of tar sands oil on the River, the status of a new water levels plan, the health of the fishery and where the effort to ban microbeads stands. Save The River's education programs will also be highlighted. read more
Save The River’s 26th Winter Environmental Conference Agenda Set
Transport of oil on the St. Lawrence River to be a major topic read more
Panel to Discuss Oil Transport at Winter Environmental Conference
Oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River are already an unpleasant reality. However, the dramatically increased extraction of heavy oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands has lead to increased pressure to transport these cargoes on and near the River. A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River read more
Captain of the tall ship Fair Jeanne to speak at Winter Environmental Conference
Bytown Brigantine Inc. operates the Fair Jeanne out of Brockville, Ontario, offering unique experiences to youth through the adventure of sailing a tall ship. This past summer Save The River offered its Riverkeeper Monitoring training to several crews as part of their sailing adventures. You can hear from the captain of the Fair Jeanne and ... read more
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