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.
Save The River Meets With Federal Agencies on Plan 2014
Our meetings were very productive. Representatives from each agency listened to our input and understand how Plan 2014 will restore our coastal environment. We thanked them for their time and thoughtful consideration read more
Want to Do Something Thoughtful for the St. Lawrence River this Holiday Season?
Let’s all voice our support for Plan 2014 to get the River what it really wants and really deserves… a healthy future. Write, print and send a letter to Governor Cuomo today. read more
Action Alert: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014
The GLRI Act of 2014 would formally authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years at up to $300 million annually. The bill will ensure that this successful program continues to clean up toxic pollutants, restore fish and wildlife habitat, fight invasive species, and reduce nutrient pollution throughout the Great Lakes region. The GLRI has produced impressive results, but there is still work to be done. Please help support a vital piece of legislation that will keep restoration efforts on track! read more
Protect hunting, fishing Feds need to approve plan to allow Lake Ontario water levels to flow naturally
We have a rich history of living connected to the natural environment. Along with all the benefits we receive -clean drinking water, food, fresh air, and recreational opportunities, to name a few -comes a great responsibility to protect what we've inherited and preserve it for future generations. . . Charles Parker, President of the New York State Conservation Council and David Simmons, President of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs read more
Additional Voices from Coalition Call on Federal Government to Act on Plan 2014
Community leaders and elected representatives add to support for Plan 2014, a modern lake management plan to restore the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and revitalize shoreline communities read more
Broad-Based Coalition Calls on the Federal Government to Act on Plan 2014
Diverse coalition supports Plan 2014, a modern lake management plan to restore the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and revitalize shoreline communities read more
Ontario Re-Introduces Invasive Species Legislation
Save The River applauds Ontario for taking action to protect communities from invasive species through prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species in the province. read more
Save The River Seeks Saint Lawrence Seaway Administrator Support for Plan 2014
Save The River has been encouraged by Administrator Suttons statements about the value she places on the environment. With the International Joint Commissions referral of Plan 2014, the time is right to combine words and action. This one policy change could restore more than sixty thousand acres of wetlands in the Lake and River, without economic harm to the Seaways bottom line. An environmentally responsible Seaway can and should support this plan. read more
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