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
More 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.
Local Fishing Guide Participates in Discussion About Stopping Asian Carp
Matt Heath, owner of Seaway Charters pointed out, "We know from experience that aquatic invasive species have devastating impacts on the Great Lakes all the way down the St. Lawrence River. Preventing future invasions is crucial to protect our waters. . . it’s time we finally shut the front door to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.” read more
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
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