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.
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
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
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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