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

Seriously?! NO Great Lakes Restoration funding, ZERO!
It is hard to comprehend, but . . . read more

Plan 2014 is the Right Plan for the St. Lawrence River
Unfortunately, even before it was unanimously approved by the International Joint Commission, a few elected officials and self-appointed spokespersons from the south shore of Lake Ontario began using “alternative facts” to block its approval and now its operation. read more

What we are about to lose
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt expects to quickly withdraw the Waters of the US Rule read more

Agenda Set for Save The River’s 28th Winter Environmental Conference
Saturday, February 4, attendees of this annual conference focused on the health of the St. Lawrence River will hear from an influential and diverse group of speakers. read more

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to Speak at Winter Conference
"I look forward to discussing the important work we have done on issues ranging from Plan 2014 to combating invasive species.” Rep. Stefanik read more

Northern New York Business Magazine Interviews Riverkeeper / Executive Director
To talk about the environmental and economic impacts of Plan 2014 among other things. read more

Interested in Plan 2014?
Then sign up for our Winter Environmental Conference, and hear from the International Joint Commission's Public Information Officer who has been there since before Plan 2014 (& its predecessors) was even a consideration. read more

TODAY! January 7, 2017 – River Music!
Plan 2014 implemented today! read more

You’ll want to be at our Winter Environmental Conference for this presentation
Plan 2014 is officially on the agenda for the conference! read more

Success! Plan 2014 Enacted!
After almost 20 years of effort the International Joint Commission announced today Plan 2014 will be implemented, returning more natural levels and flows to the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. read more

See our blog for more news!     

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 River

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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Over half of Save The River's budget comes from individual memberships and contributions. Supporting us with an annual membership donation will keep our River advocacy, education and research programs going strong.

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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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