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.
“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
Riverkeeper Takes the Plunge! to Support #Plan2014Now!
You should too! read more
Take the Plunge! Support Plan 2014 Now!
Two years is too long. On the 2nd anniversary of Plan 2014 - a modern plan for water levels control - for the St. Lawrence River being referred to U.S. and Canadian federal governments its time for action. read more
Plan 2014 is Good For Business and Families
Guest post by Peter Johnston on American River's website as part of it's America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series spotlighting the St. Lawrence River. read more
St. Lawrence added to Endangered Rivers List. Here’s Why.
With the stroke of a pen, the U.S. and Canadian governments could begin the restoration of wetlands, habitat and key species, by approving Plan 2014 now. read more
Saving the St. Lawrence
The Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper kicks off a month of shining the spotlight on the threat an outdated water management plan poses to wetlands, fish, wildlife and local communities with the first of a series of blogs on the American Rivers website. read more
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