The St. Lawrence River is threatened by numerous problems. Read on to learn about a few key issues facing the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.

Invasive Species

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.


To learn more about Save The River's shipping-related advocacy work, visit the following pages Spills/Accidents, Winter Navigation, Navigation Study, Clean Up the Ballast Campaign.

Latest News

Save The River’s 27th Winter Environmental Conference Agenda
Join us at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on February 6, 2016. read more

“Meet the upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper; Save The River prepares to host annual conference”
The upper St. Lawrence River’s largest environmental group holds its annual winter conference this weekend. read more

Meadow Marsh Wetlands Disappearing on the St. Lawrence River as Governments Delay
And with them, populations of species key to the River ecosystem health - Northern Pike, Black Tern, Least Bittern, King Rail and Muskrat read more

Thousand Islands ranked No. 1 on list of nation’s archipelagos
"By focusing on water quality and watershed issues, members of Save the River do their part to attract visitors." read more

“How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever”
Excellent series by Dan Egan in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first published July 26, 2014 read more

Soon to be no more!
Yesterday the President signed the federal microbeads ban into law. read more

Let’s treat the River as our small communities do, not as Montreal does.
"Clayton takes final step to prevent pollution" read more

Save The River’s 27th Annual Winter Environmental Conference
Sewage, Oil, Microbeads - Oh my! Register now for the conference Saturday, February 6, 2016 read more

Remembering the River: Iroquois Lock 1957
This was a test run of the lock, a key facility in the soon to be completed St. Lawrence Seaway system. It is a pivotal event ushering in devastating regulation of the once natural levels and flows on the St. Lawrence River. read more

St. Lawrence sewage dump: City releases test results
Fecal bacteria far above average concentrations, resemble numbers seen during heavy rains. Making the comparison of the deliberate dumping of sewage to a rainy day is very concerning. read more

See our blog for more news!     

About Us

Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The River

The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Over half of Save The River's budget comes from individual memberships and contributions. Supporting us with an annual membership donation will keep our River advocacy, education and research programs going strong.

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Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
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