Problems for a Great Lake and River

Defining the border between upstate New York and Canada, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River provide drinking water, scenic beauty, recreation, and economic opportunities for millions of people in both countries.

But 50 years of human-regulated water levels - originally designed to benefit hydroelectric power generation and shipping - have significantly altered the lake and river’s natural processes and reduced habitat diversity.

Today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) and the governments of U.S. and Canada have an historic opportunity to exercise principles of sound water management for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River - ensuring the survival of birds, mammals, and fish, and enriching the lives of human residents.

A Better Choice for the Future

A new approach that achieves a balance of benefits for all interests is currently being proposed. This new plan, called Plan 2014, was formulated over the course of ten years with the input of more than 180 stakeholder representatives, experts, and scientists from government agencies, academia, NGO’s and industry in New York, Ontario, and Quebec. Save The River and a diverse coalition of partners strongly supports Plan 2014 as it will increase the overall health of coastal habitats, provide greater economic opportunities for industry and will continue to provide protection for shoreline property owners from erosion and flooding.

Read more below about Plan Plan 2014 or visit the IJC website to learn more about the benefits of the new plan and give your support.

Latest News

Water levels slightly lower than this time last year.
The only constants across the years, other than the criticism of the water levels plan in place at that time, are the variability of the weather and the challenges of accurately predicting it long term. One other notable constant - the reminder that we need to plan carefully how we utilize the shoreline of these vast, dynamic waterbodies. read more

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

Save The River’s 29th Annual Winter Environmental Conference
February 3rd, 2018. Save the date! Or, better yet, sign up and lock in your attendance now. read more

Save The River’s Statement to Senate Committee Hearing on Flooding
As ​weather becomes increasingly variable and ​storm​s and rainfall become more intense​, Save ​The River stands ready to work with others to develop and implement strategies for businesses​, local governments​ and ​their ​residents to live on, work on and enjoy the lake and river sustainably. read more

No Wake Zone within 600 feet of Lake Ontario or St. Lawrence River shorelines!
Use Caution! Be Respectful! – Boat around others’ docks, boathouses, and property like you want them to boat around your’s. read more

Scientists tell Oswego paper, “Plan 2014 not to blame for Lake Ontario flooding”
According to one, “The operation of the water levels through the dam basically followed the same pattern that would have been used in the old regulation plan.” read more

High Water! Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Says ‘Stop the blame game’
"It is time to stop playing the blame game," so says the Editorial Board in a June 24th editorial, referencing an article published the same day exhaustively examining the causes of this year's high water. The article, "High winds, high water, lots of hot air:Facts and fiction about Lake Ontario's Plan 2014", looks at all the accusations against the plan and concludes, "there is no proof whatsoever that the fault lies anywhere other than with nature." read more

No Longer “Business as Usual”, Climate Change Changes Thinking
Not our usual allies in the effort to restore, preserve and protect the St. Lawrence River - major U.S. corporations. Join them in telling the President to stay in the Paris Agreement. read more

We cannot stress it enough, if you are going to go on the water . . .
Use Caution! Be Respectful! read more

High Water Level Cause? Answer from South Shore
A week ago we posted, "Nature plays the biggest role in water levels in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system," disputing the unfounded, but frequently made claim that the new water management plan - Plan 2014 - is to blame. Yesterday in a lengthy, well-sourced and comprehensive article the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle agreed. 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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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  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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