The St. Lawrence River is threatened by numerous problems. Read on to learn about a few key issues facing the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.
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.
80% Decrease in Black Tern Populations! Unfathomable!
So says Erin Crotty, Executive Director of Audubon NY. Part of the solution - #Plan2014Now. And we agree. read more
Nearly 23,000 Expressions of Citizen Support for Plan 2014
Despite this growing wave of support for Plan 2014, the federal governments of the U.S. and Canada have yet to adopt the plan. read more
“The current method of regulation [of water levels on the River] is antiquated, . . .
. . . Plan 2014 is a major step in the right direction." read more
The Importance of the Wet Meadow
In the latest post in the American Rivers series about restoring the St. Lawrence River one of America's most endangered, Dr. Douglas A. Wilcox, Empire Innovation Professor of Wetland Science at SUNY—The College at Brockport, lays out the case for a more natural water levels management plan to ensure a healthy River. read more
Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward
"The time to implement Plan 2014 is now. If we wait much longer we may very well reach a point by which we can never recover." Charles Parker, president of the New York State Conservation Council, in the most recent guest blog in American Rivers' series on the St. Lawrence as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers. read more
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