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.
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
Save The River’s Winter Conference to Feature Panel on Oil Transport
The proposals for new pipelines and ship terminals are still around. History shows we frequently construct beyond our ability to mitigate. The river community needs to shape the debate about such shipments and demand that not one drop of heavy oil should be put on a ship or in a rail car on or near the St. Lawrence River until response plans have been developed and tested and the Coast Guard and local first responders have the equipment and training to effectively implement them. read more
Accidents Still Happen – Are we prepared on the River?
The proposals for new pipelines and ship terminals are still around. Not one drop of heavy oil should be put on a ship or in a rail car on or near the St. Lawrence River until response plans have been developed and tested and the Coast Guard and local first responders have the equipment and training to effectively implement them. read more
A New Era of Crude Oil Transport: Risks and Impacts in the Great Lakes Basin
The increase in oil production has resulted in a dramatic surge in the movement of oil through the Great Lakes basin, which has further increased environmental, public health and safety concerns among regulatory bodies. read more
Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health
Canada and Ontario have signed a new Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health. This document sets out Canada and Ontario’s respective commitments over the next five years for implementing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement signed in 2012 read more
Save The River Meets With Federal Agencies on Plan 2014
Our meetings were very productive. Representatives from each agency listened to our input and understand how Plan 2014 will restore our coastal environment. We thanked them for their time and thoughtful consideration read more
Want to Do Something Thoughtful for the St. Lawrence River this Holiday Season?
Let’s all voice our support for Plan 2014 to get the River what it really wants and really deserves… a healthy future. Write, print and send a letter to Governor Cuomo today. read more
Action Alert: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014
The GLRI Act of 2014 would formally authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years at up to $300 million annually. The bill will ensure that this successful program continues to clean up toxic pollutants, restore fish and wildlife habitat, fight invasive species, and reduce nutrient pollution throughout the Great Lakes region. The GLRI has produced impressive results, but there is still work to be done. Please help support a vital piece of legislation that will keep restoration efforts on track! read more
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