Spill Volunteers

Save The River has teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to train volunteers to help in the event of a major spill or shipping accident on the River.

Know the River? Sign-up to Volunteer!

If a major shipping accident and spill occurs on the River, volunteers who know the River will be needed to survey the impacted area so that first responders have as much information as possible to prepare effective response and clean-up plans.

Volunteers will be trained to assess shoreline damage and will receive information on safety in a spill situation. Additionally, Save The River is looking for volunteers who would be able to manage the Save The River office and a 'phone tree' in the event of an accident to help get information to local community members and coordinate volunteer response.

How do I sign up?

Interested volunteers should call Save The River's Program Manager or e-mail at info@savetheriver.org 

Latest News

Transporting oil via pipelines carries risks
Our community must stand together against all of the risks associated with crude oil transport through our watershed unless and until appropriate and adequate safety measures are in place. And we must certainly not save our own River at the expense of someone else's. read more

Ban crude oil transit
Recent efforts by the Seaway corporations to market the River as a highway for crude oil have caused us to increase our focus on the threat these cargoes pose to the River. What we have learned is alarming. read more

Proposed legislation would ban Great Lakes crude oil shipments, up pipeline regulations
The Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act, introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan, also calls for new research on oil spill response, such as how to respond to a spill during the winter when ice covers the lakes, and increases access to safety information about pipelines. 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

Thousand Islands shipping halted after sugar freighter runs aground
Published by the Watertown Daily Time on April 21, 2015 “Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway has been halted after a freighter carrying sugar ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge early Monday. Lt. Brian T. Hillman, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard based in Buffalo, said the 621-foot-long freighter, named Juno, called for […] read more

From WWNY Channel 7 News: Ship Aground Near TI Bridge
“The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to commercial traffic after a freighter ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay early Monday morning. It happened just after 1 a.m. The Juno is registered in the Bahamas and is carrying a load of sugar. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mark Weidman tells 7 News nothing […] read more

Cost of an Oil Spill Too High
The risk of an oil spill on the St. Lawrence River is an emerging threat as companies seek ways to transport the hug buildup of Bakken and tar sands oil. One oil tanker can carry the equivalent product of 225 rail cars or 870 trucks. If a ship carrying oil on the River was involved in an incident, a spill might not be the worse that could happen. In any case the end results would be devastating and the damage unimaginable. read more

Can Alberta Sands oil be safely shipped on the St. Lawrence?
Only a few shipments of crude oil from Alberta Sands in Canada and the Bakken in North Dakota have come through the seaway, but environmentalists and state official are concerned more will come. read more

Risk of Crude Oil Spills Highlighted at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference
Much of the panel discussion was focused on the glut of crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana, which is being transported to refineries across the U.S. Experts said the crude oil — called diluted bitumen — has posed a serious threat to the Great Lakes and could impact the St. Lawrence River in the future. read more

26th annual Save the River winter conference boasts eclectic topics, speakers
[from the Watertown Daily Times] At the conference, residents and public officials will have an opportunity to hear from scientists, experts, activists and educators about issues of importance to the health of the St. Lawrence River. Conference topics will include “To Ship or Not”: with the pace of oil extraction from the U.S. Midwest and Alberta tar sands picking up and increasing the pressure for ways to ship it to overseas markets, the waters and watershed of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are being considered as potential routes to the sea. 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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