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.
Seaway Closing Update
We look forward to the opportunity for a discussion of the time and manner of selecting and modifying the opening and closing dates of the Seaway. Particularly in light of increasing variability in weather on the Lake and River. read more
With Ship Still Stuck, Silence from the Seaway – Updated
The Federal Biscay is still stuck in a lock on the Seaway, with four ships waiting behind it and no one is talking about what is being done to get things moving. read more
Latest update on the Pacific Huron from the U.S. Coast Guard
The Pacific Huron is off the shoal and is at anchor for further inspection. No discharges to the River reported. read more
Save The River’s 29th Annual Winter Environmental Conference
February 3rd, 2018. Save the date! Or, better yet, sign up and lock in your attendance now. read more
The International Joint Commission assesses U.S. and Canadian efforts to improve Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River water quality:
'Commendable progress. Much more to be done.' read more
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