Register for the 30th Winter Environmental Conference

Click Here for the Winter Environmental Conference Registration Form Hyper link to General Registration PDF

Send us your completed registration form either by postal mail (409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY, 13624) or by email (; we can also process your registration over the phone, call us at (315) 686-2010. Please register by Friday, January 25, 2019.

This year we celebrate the 30th year of this important annual event. Thirty years of gathering to hear from national and regional policymakers, scientists, opinion leaders, students, and teachers about the topics of critical importance to the health of the St. Lawrence River. At this year’s conference, you’ll learn about the diversion of Great Lakes freshwater, research on American eels, the threat of Asian carp, plastics in our water, and research of mercury cycling in St. Lawrence River wetlands. We will also be premiering our short film, It’s Hard to be a Tern. We hope that you will join us in Clayton on the first Saturday of February!


  • Peter Annin Author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, originally published in 2006, revised and updated edition published in 2018. Director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.
  • Evie Brahmstedt, Ph.D. Student at Clarkson University, will discuss her research in mercury cycling in wetlands, with a focus on the St. Lawrence River.
  • Dr. John Casselman Adjunct professor of biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario whose research focuses on American eels, a species whose population declined so greatly in recent decades that they are classified as an endangered species in Ontario.
  • Chad Lord Policy director of Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, a group of more than 150 environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation organizations all working toward restoring and protecting the Great Lakes. Chad will discuss the threat of Asian carp and the current work being done to prevent their spread into the Lakes.
  • Sherri A. “Sam” Mason Sustainability Coordinator at Penn State Behrend, pioneered the first-ever survey of plastics pollution in the Great Lakes. Her findings led to the federal ban on plastic microbeads in consumer products like toothpaste, face wash, and more.
  • Elaine Tack spent her 14-year broadcast journalism career reporting in Chicago, Cleveland, and Las Vegas. She is well-known in the 1000 Islands for her generosity in using her time and talent to create films for local organizations.


  • 9:30 am: Registration and morning coffee; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Presentations (break for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm); 4:00 pm: Cocktail reception with cash bar. The final schedule with the order of speakers will be released in January.

Overnight Accomodations

  • Save The River has reserved a limited block of rooms at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel starting at $119 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (315) 686-1100. This discount rate is guaranteed through January 9.

New this year – LIVE STREAM

  • For those who are unable to make the trip to Clayton, we will be hosting a professional live stream of the conference. The hyperlink to the live stream will be shared the week of the conference. In order to support this exciting new offering, please consider making an additional contribution of $25.


  • Both individual supporting sponsorship and business sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Bridget Wright, Development Director at (315) 686-2010 or (*link email address*) with any questions.

Latest News

30th Annual Winter Environmental Conference a Great Success
Over 130 members of the River community came together at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on Saturday, February 2, 2019, for Save The River’s 30th annual Winter Environmental Conference. Conference attendees had the opportunity to hear from and engage with a diverse group of speakers discussing a variety of topics related to the environmental health […] read more

Stopping Asian Carp: Past, Present, and Future
Chad Lord will explore one of the biggest threats facing the Great Lakes today: Asian carp. read more

Will Plan 2014 Create a Risk for Mercury Contamination?
Clarkson University student Evie Brahmstedt will discuss her current research of mercury in St. Lawrence River wetlands. read more

American Eels in the St. Lawrence River System – Going, Going, Gone?
Dr. John Casselman will discuss the elusive American eel and explore the catastrophic decline of their population in the St. Lawrence River system. read more

Dr. Sherri Mason, Groundbreaking Researcher in Plastics Pollution, to Speak at Winter Environmental Conference
Mason will explore the realities of plastic pollution right here, right now in the Great Lakes region. read more

Peter Annin, Leading Expert on Water Diversions, to Speak at the Winter Environmental Conference
Annin, author of the recently revised and re-released The Great Lakes Water Wars, will shed light on the future of Great Lakes water diversion management. read more

Register for the 30th Winter Environmental Conference
Click Here for the Winter Environmental Conference Registration Form Send us your completed registration form either by postal mail (409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY, 13624) or by email (; we can also process your registration over the phone, call us at (315) 686-2010.  This year we celebrate the 30th year of this important annual event. […] read more

Thank You to the Sponsors of Our 29th Winter Environmental Conference
The support of our sponsors makes the conference a regionally significant event promoting the health of the St. Lawrence River. read more

Agenda Set for Save The River’s 29th Winter Environmental Conference
Topics include Plan 2014, maritime industry efforts to protect the environment, the River as habitat, River fowl and fish, and more. read more

Trends in St. Lawrence Fish Populations and Efforts to Enhance the Fishery
John Farrell and Scott Schlueter will discuss their respective work studying fish of the St. Lawrence River along with the restoration and conservation efforts being made to enhance populations within environmental constraints. read more

See our blog for more news!     

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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Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Fireboat by Siobhan Creem  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 
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409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

(315) 686-2010


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