Who Needs This Handbook?

Whether you are a long-time owner of an existing system or a prospective buyer of island or waterfront property, if you have any of these concerns, this handbook may offer ideas for possible solutions.

  • Is your island or riverfront lot too small for a conventional septic system with secondary leach field?

  • Is the land around your home too rocky or soggy for proper sewage effluent drainage?

  • Do you have problems with high water around your home or leach field?

  • Is your system nearing the end of its useful life and you need updated information?

  • Are you unsure of where your system is located on your property? Are you contemplating a riverfront property purchase?

  • Are you building or renovating a cottage or home? Do you have any direct pipes going into the water?

  • Is your island or waterfront property lacking electricity, making a regular toilet difficult to use?

  • Are you considering upgrading your sewage system for full-time summer or late fall/winter occupancy?

  • Are you concerned that you are wasting water with a conventional toilet? Is there an odor of sewage around your home?

  • Has your family experienced skin disorders or sickness related to river or lake water usage?

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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