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 Reports on Week 4 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 4. read more
Congresswoman Stefanik will be in Clayton on Monday. Please join us in attending and asking her to champion Plan 2014! Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be holding mobile office hours Monday, August 3rd from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Cerow Recreation Park, 615 East Line Road in Clayton. read more
Time to Get Vocal (part 2). Governor Cuomo Can Help Restore the St. Lawrence River.
Call the Governor today and tell him you support Plan 2014 and ask him to support it too! read more
Save The River Reports on Week 3 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 3. read more
It’s Time to Get Vocal
We have appreciated Congresswoman Stefanik's past support for Plan 2014, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today and ask her to let the Governor and Secretary Kerry know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014. read more
Invasive Species Awareness Week Ends, But Not the Invasions?
Heard of Caspian Sea Kilka? Black Sea Silverstripe? Black-striped Pipefish? Monkey (not Round) Goby? Not yet? But maybe soon. These may be the next wave of invaders to swarm the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. They have been identified as "likely to survive ballast water exchange as eggs, larvae, or adults based on salinity tolerances." read more
RIverkeeper Volunteers Learn to Spot Invasives
Save The River's new Riverkeeper Volunteer Program trains volunteers to be our eyes and ears out on the River, by teaching the basics on assessing River health and identifying potential threats to the River. read more
Save The River Reports on Week 2 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 6th through August 31st Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 2. read more
How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever
A primer on invasive species in the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. Worth a re-read this Invasive Species Awareness Week. read more
Invasive Species Awareness Week to be annually held from July 12th-18th.
The New York State Executive Chamber Proclamation instated by Governor Cuomo declaring Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) to be annually held from July 12th-18th. read more
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