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.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik visits Save The River: Reaffirms her strong support for Plan 2014.
In addition to Plan 2014 the Congresswoman raised other issues of concern to the River community such as threats from invasive species and microbeads. read more
DEC plans meetings on fisheries management for St. Lawrence River
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants input from the public in the development of fish community objectives for the St. Lawrence River read more
Save The River Reports on Week 7 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 7. read more
Save The River Reports on Week 6 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 6. read more
Erie County Pennsylvania passes the strongest microbead ban in the nation
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who is pushing for a statewide ban, has estimated that 19 tons of microbeads enter New York waterways each year read more
Save The River Honors Its Exceptional Volunteers
This year Save The RIver's Volunteer of the Year is the Thousand Island High School's SAFE Club went above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work and whose assistance advanced Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River in a significant way. read more
Save The River Reports on Week 5 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 5. read more
Congresswoman Stefanik’s Mobile Office Comes to Clayton
Her staffer heard one clear message "Plan 2014 needs action now!" read more
Save The River Reports on Week 4 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 4. read more
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