Investigating Accidents & Pressing for Improved Spill Response

A spill from one of the many ships passing by each day on the St. Lawrence Seaway would have devastating impacts on the River environment and our local economy. Save The River has taken a strong lead, along with local elected officials, to ensure that the resources needed to respond are up-to-date and available along our River and that any shipping accidents are thoroughly investigated.

The Devastating 1976 NEPCO 140 Oil Spill

River communities are familiar with the devastation caused by shipping accidents and spills. Numerous groundings and several serious spills have occurred on the Seaway since its opening in 1959.

The largest spill happened on June 23, 1976, when the tug Eileen C, pushing the NEPCO 140 barge filled with crude oil, ran aground in the American Narrows off Wellesley Island in the heart Thousand Islands. The barge spill more than 300,000 gallons of crude oil, damaging the River ecosystem, wildlife, local communities and cost millions of dollars to clean up the spill. Today, the spill is still known as one of the largest inland oil spills in the country.

To learn more, read our fact sheet on the 1976 spill.

The Slick of '76 - A Musical Catastrophe

A musical about an oil spill? That's right! First performed in June 23, 1986 - ten years to the day of the 1976 spill - the musical was developed as a tribute to the River and as a gentle way to keep the memory of the 1976 spill alive. The musical was revived by Save The River in the summer of 2006 to mark the spill's 20th anniversary.

To learn more about the musical and its revival in 2006, read our fact sheet.

And, visit our merchandise page to purchase a CD of The Slick of '76 original cast recording.

Latest News

Director’s Waypoints, Winter Conference Edition
Links to videos of the presentations and question and answer sessions, plus more noteworthy news. read more

Thank You!
Watertown Daily Times editorial makes the point. Breaking ice to get ships to locks they can't get through once they're there just doesn't make sense. read more

Seaway Closing Update
We look forward to the opportunity for a discussion of the time and manner of selecting and modifying the opening and closing dates of the Seaway. Particularly in light of increasing variability in weather on the Lake and River. read more

With Ship Still Stuck, Silence from the Seaway – Updated
The Federal Biscay is still stuck in a lock on the Seaway, with four ships waiting behind it and no one is talking about what is being done to get things moving. read more

Another Incident on the Seaway – Updated
The Seaway has issued a statement on the ship stuck in the Snell Lock. read more

Latest update on the Pacific Huron from the U.S. Coast Guard
The Pacific Huron is off the shoal and is at anchor for further inspection. No discharges to the River reported. read more

Ship Aground off Blind Bay – Updated
Updated with press releases from the Seaway and the Coast Guard read more

The International Joint Commission assesses U.S. and Canadian efforts to improve Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River water quality:
'Commendable progress. Much more to be done.' read more

Changing Currents; This Saturday, April 29th – Be There!
This Saturday, April 29th at 4:00pm Save The River is bringing the award-winning documentary “Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers” to the Clayton Opera House for its East Coast premiere. read more

Environmental Documentary Featuring St. Lawrence River to Premiere in Clayton
Saturday, April 29th at 4:00pm Save The River is bringing the award-winning documentary “Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers” to the Clayton Opera House for its East Coast premiere. read more

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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  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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