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.
Great Video, Saving the Sturgeon
Jonathan Bird travels to upstate New York to learn how biologists are working to save the sturgeon in the St. Lawrence river. During a dive he films an amazing spectacle that has never been recorded before! read more
Water Levels Teleconference Tonight, August 27th!
This will be the last teleconference on Plan 2014. Even if you do not speak you will have the opportunity to register your support for a modern water levels plan. read more
New Seaway chief Betty Sutton seeks economic, green balance.
That’s the headline of a NCPR story today and from her record it rings true. It’s just we all know that at times the challenge is in finding that balance among all the seeming competing interests. “Sutton says she believes in finding a balance – between the 227,000 jobs and 33 billion dollars in revenue that ... read more
Stormwater Rule Action Day – Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In order to raise the profile of polluted runoff and highlight the importance of moving forward on the national stormwater rule, we’re asking our members and followers to reach out to their Members of Congress. read more
Save The River Joins Other Keepers, Expresses Concerns about Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline
We make this submission to the National Energy Board [of Canada] because we are concerned that this project has the potential to negatively impact the swimmability, drinkability, and fishability of water in our watersheds. We submit that negative impacts are possible, and indeed, likely; that such incidents must be prevented read more
Comments in Support of Plan 2014 at IJC Oswego Technical Hearing
Lee Willbanks, Riverkeeper, Executive Director of Save The River, speaking at International Joint Commission Technical Hearing in support of Plan 2014, a modern water levels management plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, designed to reverse 50 years of environmental degradation to 64,000 acres of wet meadow marsh and the species that depend ... read more
Watertown Daily Times, “Greenlight Plan 2014″
The IJC has developed a sensible plan to deal with the damage done to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River through overregulation. It is the best way to reverse the destruction wrought on these waterways, and improving their quality is in everyone’s best interests. read more
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