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 – Highlights will include:
Oil and Water – Oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River are an unpleasant reality. But, with increased extraction, volatile products – including heavy oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands, pressure to transport these cargoes on and near the River has also increased dramatically. With a totally different toxicity level and heavy enough to quickly sink to the bottom of the River, these cargoes pose new and alarming challenges to keeping the River safe. A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River.
No Small Threat - Last year’s conference attendees learned first hand about how tiny plastic particles, called microbeads are making their way from over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and personal care products into our freshwater Lakes and Rivers. These tiny particles attract other chemical pollutants and are eaten by fish and move up the food chain. Following last year’s conference a state-wide ban was proposed, but not enacted by the New York State legislature. Since then, high levels of microbeads have been found in the St. Lawrence River. Researchers will present the most current information on microbead pollution and why it is such a persistent threat to our waters.
State of the River - Scientists from the US and Canadian sides of the River will present information on how invasive species and other changes to the aquatic environment are impacting the River’s native fish and wildlife populations. Updates will be given on water levels and the status of our current efforts to get Plan 2014 implemented. And participants in our In the Schools program will share their experiences and how they are implementing the program in their classroom.
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.
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Save The River has announced its agenda for this year's Winter Environmental Conference, to be held Saturday, February 8th at the Clayton Opera House. read more
Looking for Winter Conference Lodging?
Hello Conference goers! For those of you joining us from out of town we have compiled a list of local area accommodations that will be available during that weekend. read more
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Complete your winter weekend get-a-way with these other fun events - hosted by our friends at the Thousand Islands Arts Center and the Thousand Islands Land Trust. read more
Save The Rivers Winter Raffle!
This winter Save The River is raffling off a beautiful Common Goldeneye that was hand-carved and painted by Glenn Sweet of Alexandria Bay. Enter to win and help support our work. read more
Maude Barlow, water rights advocate, keynote at Winter Conference
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Speakers announced for the 2014 Winter Environmental Conference
The 25th Annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Clayton Opera House, Clayton, New York. Each year the conference provides attendees the opportunity to hear from and engage with knowledgeable and recognized speakers about topics of significance to the health of the St. Lawrence River. The upcoming anniversary conference will ... read more
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Save The Rivers 25th annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held Saturday, February 8th at the Clayton Opera House. This annual event brings together policymakers, scientists and citizens to discuss the most important issues facing the St. Lawrence River. Stay tuned for more details! read more
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