Alternative Energy

The St. Lawrence River has provided power to local communities and far away cities in the U.S. and Canada for hundreds of years. Most prominently, the River is a significant source of hydropower for the Northeastern United States and southern Canada from the Moses-Saunders hydropower dam that spans the River from Massena, New York to Cornwall, Ontario.

As both the U.S. and Canada search for renewable sources of energy, pressure on the St. Lawrence River and surrounding lands to host additional power facilities has increased. The region has become the focus for potential development of significant wind energy.

While Save The River is deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change and is supportive of appropriately and sited renewable energy projects, we are also concerned that proposed power projects in the region are not being thoroughly and carefully evaluated. Our position on Industrial Wind Development in the St. Lawrence River Valley is here.

Latest News

Wind Development in the River Valley Needs Comprehensive Review
A Generic Environmental Impact Statement that includes all the industrial wind projects being proposed for the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence Valley must be prepared prior to any project being permitted. read more

Save The River Submits Comments to Public Service Commission on Wind Projects
The implications of this study for the likely impacts on migratory birds and bats of the three industrial wind projects currently proposed and proceeding now, all of which are well within 10 miles of Lake Ontario or St. Lawrence River shoreline, must be taken into account by every level of government agency - from local municipal, to state and federal – with permitting or oversight authority. In particular the New York State Departments of Public Service and Environmental Conservation which have shared responsibility, under Article 10, for the permitting and siting of industrial wind projects, must exercise their statutory authority and require the developers of these three projects undertake a joint, credible effort to apply the findings of the Fish and Wildlife Service report to the impacts of their projects on migratory birds and bats. read more

Industrial Wind Development Needs to Avoid Shoreline Areas
Compelling data, from a US Fish and Wildlife Service radar study, suggests that the minimum distance wind turbines should be from shorelines should perhaps be as far as 10 miles. read more

Audubon on Wind Development
A position with which we agree. read more

Save The River’s Position on Industrial Wind Development in the St. Lawrence River Valley
Save The River reiterates its position that no such projects be permitted in the St. Lawrence River valley until a comprehensive region-wide, cross-border assessment of their cumulative environmental impacts has been conducted by appropriate agencies from both countries acting in coordination and the results have been published and subjected to extensive review and public consultation. read more

Protect the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River from radioactive material
Today more than 100 organizations from around the Great Lakes are calling on the Canadian and American governments to list radionuclides as a “chemical of mutual concern” under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. read more

Save The River Applauds Federal Legislation that would Ban Crude Oil Shipments on the Great Lakes
U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) introduced the legislation today which in addition to banning crude oil in vessels, requires a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of hazardous pipelines in the region. This legislation would also compel an assessment of oil spill response and cleanup plans, require ice cover be part of worst-case scenarios in response plans and increase public information about pipelines for local communities. read more

AG: Microbeads pass through water treatment sites nationwide
A new study of dozens of water treatment facilities across New York indicate micro­beads, minuscule plastics found in many grooming products, are slipping through safeguards and entering area waterways. read more

River Organizations Object to US Fish and Wildlife Eagle Taking Rule Change
Save The River has joined with the Thousand Islands Land Trust and the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative to oppose to a recent rulemaking change that could be a threat to Bald Eagles in the Thousand Islands Region. read more

Save The River comments on the latest Cape Vincent Wind Project filing
Given our mission, we are keenly aware of the need to find and implement effective solutions to a changing climate and support efforts to shift energy production to renewable, appropriately scaled and sited sources. Because of this, we have viewed the proliferation of commercial, industrial wind projects and the increasing number of turbines within each […] read more

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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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