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.


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

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

Local Fishing Guide Participates in Discussion About Stopping Asian Carp
Matt Heath, owner of Seaway Charters pointed out, "We know from experience that aquatic invasive species have devastating impacts on the Great Lakes all the way down the St. Lawrence River. Preventing future invasions is crucial to protect our waters. . . it’s time we finally shut the front door to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.” read more

St. Lawrence River & Key Figures Play Big Role in Upcoming Film – Updated
In June the crew from Changing Currents, PLU MediaLab, came to New York, Ontario and, specifically the St. Lawrence River for interviews and filming for "Changing Currents: Protecting North America's Rivers", an examination of river pollution and restoration efforts in North America. read more

Our River Should NOT Be One of America’s Most Endangered!
You Know You Want To! You Know We Want You To! You Know It's the Right Thing To Do! SO DO IT! read more

Congresswoman Stefanik, “Now is the time for Plan 2014. Protecting our natural treasures cannot wait.”
"Right now, the current outdated water level plan is wiping out habitats and destroying native species, which clears a path for invasives to take over and control these areas for themselves. Plan 2014 would return Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence to more natural levels and a normal hydrologic cycle, protecting our ecology and helping to preserve the long term health of the lake." read more

Plan 2014 Necessary for Tourism
Ron Thomson, owner of Uncle Sam Boat Tours, knows #Plan2014Now "will enhance this ecosystem and improve the economy at the same time." read more

Restoring Wetlands Makes Good Economic Sense
Implementation of Plan 2014 equals a $9.1 million increase in net economic value in New York State, every year. read more

New York Invasive Species Week
Personal responsibility and collective action a must. read more

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

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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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