What We Do

Since 1978 Save The River has been the leading grassroots advocacy organization working to protect the St. Lawrence River.

Save The River leads advocacy campaigns to educate the community and pressure elected officials and government agencies to implement policies and programs that protect River health.

Save The River also organizes on-the-water restoration and monitoring programs that track River health and identify pollution problems.

Learn more about Save The River's programs by visiting the following pages.


  • Clean Up the Ballast - Learn about Save The River's campaign to stop aquatic invasive species introductions.
  • Alternative Energy - Save The River is concerned about the proposed power projects in the region.
  • Navigation Study - Learn about Save The River's work to prevent the expansion of Seaway infrastructure.
  • Water Levels - Learn about Save The River's campaign for improved water levels regulation.
  • Winter Shipping - Learn more about Save The River's work to prevent shipping in ice conditions.
  • Spills/Accidents - Learn more about Save The River's involvement in spill response planning.


  • Common Terns - Learn about volunteer efforts to monitor and restore common tern populations on the River.
  • Eagles - Learn about efforts to monitor and restore bald eagle populations on the River.
  • Muskie Catch-and-Release - Learn about a cooperative effort to encourage catch-and-release of muskies on the River.
  • BeachWatch - Learn about Save The River's beach water quality monitoring program.
  • Riverkeeper Monitors
  • Spill Volunteers - Learn about opportunities to be trained to respond as a volunteer
  • Shoalmarking

In The Schools Program

  • Save The River launched a new partnership with area schools districts to bring the St. Lawrence River to the classroom - learn more.

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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Join or Give

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  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 
 Pictures from our Flickr photostream

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Clayton, NY 13624

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