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.
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
Matt Windle to Present on the American Eel at Winter Environmental Conference
Matt Windle, Research Scientist at the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Cornwall, ON, will present on the American Eel a once thriving and still iconic and culturally significant St. Lawrence River inhabitant at Save The River’s 26th Winter Environmental Conference February 7, 2015For more information and how to register visit:http://ow.ly/Hcn3d read more
Dereth Glance to Speak at Winter Environmental Conference on Plan 2014
Dereth Glance, Commissioner to the U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission, will update attendees of Save The River’s 26th Winter Environmental Conference on Plan 2014 and other IJC initiatives. Save The River’s 26th Winter Environmental Conference will be held on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. For more information and how to register ... read more
Make it a true Winter Weekend!
As you know Save The River’s annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held on Saturday, February 7th from 10:00am – 4:00 pm at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY. In order to make the most out of your weekend here in the 1000 Islands please be sure to check out these two additional activities to complete your winter get-a-way. read more
Save The River’s Winter Conference to Feature Panel on Oil Transport
The proposals for new pipelines and ship terminals are still around. History shows we frequently construct beyond our ability to mitigate. The river community needs to shape the debate about such shipments and demand that not one drop of heavy oil should be put on a ship or in a rail car on or near the St. Lawrence River until response plans have been developed and tested and the Coast Guard and local first responders have the equipment and training to effectively implement them. read more
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