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.
Save The River in D.C., Urges Continued Levels of Funding for Great Lakes and River Restoration
Save The River traveled to Washington D.C. with other New York and Great Lake organizations as part of the Healing Our Waters Coalition to meet with elected representatives in an effort to secure sustained funding for improved water quality and programs protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. read more
Save The River Supports the Microbead-Free Waters Act
Save The River applauds Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for reintroducing the Microbead-Free Waters Act again putting New York State in line to lead the effort to stop the use of microbeads in consumer products. read more
Its National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Last year New York State took a step forward to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and to protect our waters. Beginning August 2015 all boats and floating docks launched in New York State must be clean of plant or animal matter. The intent of the new law is to prevent the spread of invasive species from one waterbody to another. read more
Cost of an Oil Spill Too High
The risk of an oil spill on the St. Lawrence River is an emerging threat as companies seek ways to transport the hug buildup of Bakken and tar sands oil. One oil tanker can carry the equivalent product of 225 rail cars or 870 trucks. If a ship carrying oil on the River was involved in an incident, a spill might not be the worse that could happen. In any case the end results would be devastating and the damage unimaginable. read more
Thousand Islands Regional Assessment-Report Now Available
For over a year a diverse group of area organizations, governments and citizens, Save The River among them, has worked to create the most comprehensive assessment of the Thousand Islands region that has been done to date. The draft report - the "Thousand Islands Regional Assessment" - is now complete and available for review by anyone interested. read more
Tell Governor Cuomo: SUPPORT FISHING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER!
Plan 2014 is a modern water levels plan that will restore 64,000 acres of severely degraded wetlands. Restoring the vital functions they provide like critical fish habitat, and bolstering our recreation and tourism-based economy in the process. read more
Save The River’s Winter Conference Draws Record Attendance
“Save The River must engage on a wide range of issues because the St. Lawrence River is not an isolated waterbody, it is part of the largest freshwater system on earth”, said Mr. Willbanks. “In order for us to be effective we have formed partnerships with other organizations concerned with protecting freshwater. We are fortunate to be collaborating with agencies, and other not-for-profits and individuals throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region to deliver a strong message for swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.” read more
Can Alberta Sands oil be safely shipped on the St. Lawrence?
Only a few shipments of crude oil from Alberta Sands in Canada and the Bakken in North Dakota have come through the seaway, but environmentalists and state official are concerned more will come. read more
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