Issues

The St. Lawrence River is threatened by numerous problems. Read on to learn about a few key issues facing the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.

Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species are one of the most critical problems facing the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. With 186 species introduced into the River and Lakes, the region's ecosystem is bending under the weight of these introduced species. Some scientists worry that the ecosystem of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River may be close to collapse because of these species.

To learn more about aquatic invasive species and Save The River's campaign to stop further introductions, visit our Clean Up the Ballast page.

Water Levels Regulation

With a massive hydropower dam blocking the River in the Massena/Cornwall region, water levels on the Upper St. Lawrence River are manually regulated. The management plan that has been in place for the past 50 years has caused significant damage to tens of thousands of acres of wetlands in the region.

To learn more about Save The River's campaign to restore more natural water levels on the River, visit our water levels page.

St. Lawrence Seaway

The St. Lawrence River is the only pathway for ships to enter the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, ships bring along a host of problems, from oils spills and accidents, to winter navigation damage, and constant threats to expand Seaway infrastructure. Save The River has been an advocate for more sustainable shipping on the River.

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To learn more about Save The River's shipping-related advocacy work, visit the following pages Spills/Accidents, Winter Navigation, Navigation Study, Clean Up the Ballast Campaign.

Latest News

Save The River Reports on Week 4 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 4. read more

You’re Invited!
Congresswoman Stefanik will be in Clayton on Monday. Please join us in attending and asking her to champion Plan 2014! Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be holding mobile office hours Monday, August 3rd from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Cerow Recreation Park, 615 East Line Road in Clayton. read more

Time to Get Vocal (part 2). Governor Cuomo Can Help Restore the St. Lawrence River.
Call the Governor today and tell him you support Plan 2014 and ask him to support it too! read more

Save The River Reports on Week 3 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 3. read more

It’s Time to Get Vocal
We have appreciated Congresswoman Stefanik's past support for Plan 2014, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today and ask her to let the Governor and Secretary Kerry know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014. read more

Invasive Species Awareness Week Ends, But Not the Invasions?
Heard of Caspian Sea Kilka? Black Sea Silverstripe? Black-striped Pipefish? Monkey (not Round) Goby? Not yet? But maybe soon. These may be the next wave of invaders to swarm the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. They have been identified as "likely to survive ballast water exchange as eggs, larvae, or adults based on salinity tolerances." read more

RIverkeeper Volunteers Learn to Spot Invasives
Save The River's new Riverkeeper Volunteer Program trains volunteers to be our eyes and ears out on the River, by teaching the basics on assessing River health and identifying potential threats to the River. read more

Save The River Reports on Week 2 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 6th through August 31st Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 2. read more

How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever
A primer on invasive species in the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. Worth a re-read this Invasive Species Awareness Week. read more

Invasive Species Awareness Week to be annually held from July 12th-18th.
The New York State Executive Chamber Proclamation instated by Governor Cuomo declaring Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) to be annually held from July 12th-18th. 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 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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