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

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

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

Panel to Discuss Oil Transport at Winter Environmental Conference
Oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River are already an unpleasant reality. However, the dramatically increased extraction of heavy oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands has lead to increased pressure to transport these cargoes on and near the River. A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River read more

55th Anniversary of the Seaway Opening
A lot has changed since then, but our water levels plan has not. Let’s hope this is the last anniversary with the outdated, destructive plan in place read more

Announcement of Spring Icebreaking Operations Along the St. Lawrence River
The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), is advising residents and visitors near the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway that annual spring icebreaking operations will begin on or around March 21, 2014. Please pay attention to the announced dates of icebreaking activities and be very mindful of conditions when on the ice. read more

Seaway Opening Delayed to March 31.
Conditions still merit concern. 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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