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.
St. Lawrence River Endangered
It shouldn't have to be this way. But there is sad truth in an article in a premier online journal that beautifully chronicles our beloved St. Lawrence River. T.I. Life article links to video story and call to action. read more
EPA Accepting Public Comments on Proposal to Ban the Dumping of Sewage from Boats into the St. Lawrence River
“It’s astonishing that in 2016, boaters can dump raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River. Declaring this area of the St. Lawrence a “no discharge zone” would provide cleaner water for people who use this river,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The EPA and New York State looked carefully at the information and agree that the St. Lawrence has enough facilities to remove treated waste from all types of vessels and keep it from entering the river.” read more
St. Lawrence River One of America’s Ten Most Endangered
And yet Plan 2014 is ready for enactment and the U.S. and Canadian governments are poised to remove the St. Lawrence River from the Most Endangered Rivers list with a simple the stroke of a pen. read more
Ontario Holds First Great Lakes Guardians’ Council Meeting
Maintaining and improving the health of the Great Lakes is fundamental to Ontario's economy and quality of life read more
World Water Day 2016
On the St. Lawrence River, Save The River is fighting for a modern water levels management plan that puts ecosystem health on equal footing with shipping, hydropower production and flood protection to replace the more than fifty-year-old regime that has lead to the loss of 64,000 acres of wetlands, steep declines in the populations of indigenous species and threatens the tourism-based economies of communities along its banks. read more
Save The River’s Position on Industrial Wind Development in the St. Lawrence River Valley
Save The River reiterates its position that no such projects be permitted in the St. Lawrence River valley until a comprehensive region-wide, cross-border assessment of their cumulative environmental impacts has been conducted by appropriate agencies from both countries acting in coordination and the results have been published and subjected to extensive review and public consultation. read more
Plan 2014 needed to restore fish populations
"We know from scientific study that outdated water-level regulations have reduced our native northern pike populations on the river by more than 70 percent." read more
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