Clean up the Ballast

Aquatic invasive species are one of the biggest threats to River health today. Save The River's Clean-Up the Ballast Campaign is focused on stopping aquatic invasive species introductions by tackling the primary source - ship ballast tanks.

The Link Between Ship Ballast and Invasive Species Introductions

imageMore than 186 aquatic invasive species have been documented in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River system. And, A new invasive species introduction is reported in the Great Lakes every 6 1/2 months, the highest rate of introductions for any ecosystem with long-term data.

Since 1959, when the St. Lawrence Seaway opened the River and Lakes to direct ocean-going shipping, 65% of species discovered have been attributed to ballast water release. Scientists have shown that the rate of discovery of invaders is directly correlated with shipping activity.

Economic Impact of Aquatic Invasive Species

The cost to the regional economy from invasive species is estimated to be billions of dollars per year. The cost of zebra and quagga mussel control alone is estimated at $500 million per year over the next five years.

Latest News

Congresswoman Stefanik works to remove Bad Ballast Bill tucked Into Defense Authorization Act
Save The River/Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and conservation groups around the country work to ensure EPA retains authority to clean up ballast water discharges. read more

Tell Congress: Do Not Weaken Ballast Water Rules – Keep New Invasives Out of the St. Lawrence River!
We on the St. Lawrence River know all too well the scourge of invasive species introduced through the discharge of ballast water into our River and the Great Lakes. Zebra mussels, round goby, eurasian milfoil, and VHS have disrupted the River's fragile ecosystem, displaced or decimated native species and cost millions each year in eradication efforts and lost economic activity. read more

What makes a species invasive?
Invasive species are one of the leading threats to native wildlife. Approximately 42% of Threatened or Endangered species are at risk primarily due to invasive species. read more

Formidable invasive species won’t be easy to keep out of Great Lakes
Research shows that a saltwater ballast flush can go a long way in killing most freshwater tank dwellers. But most biologists don't think that's enough read more

Protecting Our North Country Wonders from Ecological Predators
When our natural habitats become overrun by species that are not native to these areas, they can damage the environment, pose health risks and even hurt our local economy. We recently worked together on an Invasive Species Summit with the congresswoman and other stakeholders across our region aiming to stop the spread of invasive species and mitigate the damage already done. read more

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Non-native plants, animals and pathogens harm humans and the environment and cause significant negative impact to our nation and the River region's economy. read more

Save The River and SLELO-Prism Host Workshop on Outreach for Aquatic Species
Save The River and SLELO-Prism hosted Bruce Lauber and Nancy Connelly of Cornell University’s Human Dimensions Research Unit. Mr. Lauber and Ms. Connelly presented the results of recent research on communication and outreach practices about aquatic invasive species. read more

Invasive Species Awareness Week Ends, But Not the Invasions?
Heard of Caspian Sea Kilka? Black Sea Silverstripe? Black-striped Pipefish? Monkey (not Round) Goby? Not yet? But maybe soon. These may be the next wave of invaders to swarm the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. They have been identified as "likely to survive ballast water exchange as eggs, larvae, or adults based on salinity tolerances." read more

How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever
A primer on invasive species in the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. Worth a re-read this Invasive Species Awareness Week. read more

Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Important steps for anyone boating on the St. Lawrence River (and not just during Invasive Species Awareness Week) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website 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 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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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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