Winter Shipping

imageSave The River was formed in 1978 to fight proposals for year-round navigation on the St. Lawrence River. Although the proposals were halted, Save The River is very concerned about early opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in ice conditions. Risks of shipping in ice conditions include:

  • Icebreaking and winter shipping cause significant damage to property and important wildlife habitat;
  • Spill response assets, such as boats and boom, are not accessible and usable due to ice conditions; and
  • Lighted navigation aids are not in place, raising concerns about the safe passage of ships.

Read Save The River's position paper detailing criteria for safe opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Latest News

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

Thank You!
Watertown Daily Times editorial makes the point. Breaking ice to get ships to locks they can't get through once they're there just doesn't make sense. read more

Seaway Closing Update
We look forward to the opportunity for a discussion of the time and manner of selecting and modifying the opening and closing dates of the Seaway. Particularly in light of increasing variability in weather on the Lake and River. read more

Federal Biscay Now Freed from Snell Lock
An update will be issued when the five ships awaiting transit downbound have exited the Upper River. read more

With Ship Still Stuck, Silence from the Seaway – Updated
The Federal Biscay is still stuck in a lock on the Seaway, with four ships waiting behind it and no one is talking about what is being done to get things moving. read more

Latest update on the Pacific Huron from the U.S. Coast Guard
The Pacific Huron is off the shoal and is at anchor for further inspection. No discharges to the River reported. read more

Winter Icebreaking on the St. Lawrence River?
Not on our watch! read more

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

Oil Shipments, Winter Navigation, Seaway Expansion – Oh My!
Some bad old ideas never seem to die. But to couple it with a new really bad idea - oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River - is no joke. 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

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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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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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