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.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Releases Report on Microbeads
Microbeads are systematically passing through wastewater treatment plants across New York State and entering bodies of water. read more
Thousand Islands shipping halted after sugar freighter runs aground
Published by the Watertown Daily Time on April 21, 2015 “Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway has been halted after a freighter carrying sugar ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge early Monday. Lt. Brian T. Hillman, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard based in Buffalo, said the 621-foot-long freighter, named Juno, called for help about ... read more
From WWNY Channel 7 News: Ship Aground Near TI Bridge
“The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to commercial traffic after a freighter ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay early Monday morning. It happened just after 1 a.m. The Juno is registered in the Bahamas and is carrying a load of sugar. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mark Weidman tells 7 News nothing was spilled and ... read more
TI High School’s SAFE Club supports Ban the Beads campaign
"Thousand Islands High School's Student Activists for the Environment (SAFE) Club is collaborating with Save The River on a Ban the Beads campaign" read more
Save The River Opposes Pre-Season Catch & Release
For the health of the bass fishery, the professional, amateur and casual angler, and for the economic health of the communities that line the River and depend on its health, we oppose pre-season catch and release for bass. read more
St. Lawrence River Institute-Research for Protection and Rehabilitation of the River
Celebrating Canada Water Week and the River we share and love. read more
Save The River partners with the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative
With the Upper St. Lawrence River the exclamation mark between the two most significant biological reserves in eastern North America, our's is a natural partnership, with the Riverkeeper serving on the A2A board of directors. read more
Our great partners in restoring, preserving and protecting the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
So pleased to partner with the The Council of Canadians and other strong Canadian and U.S. groups to oppose unsafe shipment of volatile and toxic oil on the River. read more
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