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.
Wind Development in the River Valley Needs Comprehensive Review
A Generic Environmental Impact Statement that includes all the industrial wind projects being proposed for the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence Valley must be prepared prior to any project being permitted. read more
Northern New York Business Magazine Interviews Riverkeeper / Executive Director
To talk about the environmental and economic impacts of Plan 2014 among other things. read more
Interested in Plan 2014?
Then sign up for our Winter Environmental Conference, and hear from the International Joint Commission's Public Information Officer who has been there since before Plan 2014 (& its predecessors) was even a consideration. read more
Lawrence Gunther, President of Blue Fish Canada, to Speak at Winter Conference
Lawrence will share his experiences collecting fish habitat and sustainability stories from people throughout Canada who live by & from the water for the documentary "What Lies Below" read more
You’ll want to be at our Winter Environmental Conference for this presentation
Plan 2014 is officially on the agenda for the conference! read more
Join Us! Save The River’s 28th Winter Environmental Conference
It's an excellent mid-winter opportunity to gather and renew the ties and fellowship that bind us together in the common cause we share – protecting the St. Lawrence River now and for generations to come. read more
Success! Plan 2014 Enacted!
After almost 20 years of effort the International Joint Commission announced today Plan 2014 will be implemented, returning more natural levels and flows to the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. read more
Tremendous video from the IJC summarizing the need for and benefits of Plan 2014
Protecting against extreme water levels, restoring wetlands and preparing for climate change read more
Save The Date! Winter Environmental Conference is Coming.
Save The River's 28th Winter Environmental Conference is Saturday, February 4, 2017. read more
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