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.
Your Chance to Speak Up for the River (& the Great Lakes)
The IJC has launched ParticipateIJC, a website for gathering public comment on progress made by our two countries under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. read more
Plan 2014 is the Right Plan for the St. Lawrence River
Unfortunately, even before it was unanimously approved by the International Joint Commission, a few elected officials and self-appointed spokespersons from the south shore of Lake Ontario began using “alternative facts” to block its approval and now its operation. read more
Agenda Set for Save The River’s 28th Winter Environmental Conference
Saturday, February 4, attendees of this annual conference focused on the health of the St. Lawrence River will hear from an influential and diverse group of speakers. read more
Citizen Science, Citizen Action at Winter Conference
"A Great River Runs Through Us" tells the story of citizen involvement making a real difference. read more
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to Speak at Winter Conference
"I look forward to discussing the important work we have done on issues ranging from Plan 2014 to combating invasive species.” Rep. Stefanik read more
Riverkeeper Statement to Watertown ‘Sister Rally’
"We are entering challenging times for many (if not all) social justice issues, within which we must include the right to clean - swimmable, fishable, drinkable - water." read more
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
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