The St. Lawrence River is threatened by numerous problems. Read on to learn about a few key issues facing the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.

Invasive Species

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.


To learn more about Save The River's shipping-related advocacy work, visit the following pages Spills/Accidents, Winter Navigation, Navigation Study, Clean Up the Ballast Campaign.

Latest News

Understanding Water Levels – Summer 2015
As the summer season gets into full swing here on the River, there has been a lot of discussion particularly in the Thousand Islands area about the water levels on the St Lawrence. Here are some answers to the questions that you and your neighbors may have about conditions on the River this year. read more

New Michael Ringer Print for Save The River’s Muskie Catch & Release Program
Save The River is pleased to announce that this summer, participants in the Muskie Catch & Release program will receive a new Michael Ringer print-Sovereign. read more

Watertown Daily Times Editorial, STOP THE DELAYS: There is no reason to continue putting off Plan 2014.
The IJC unanimously approved Plan 2014 last year and sent it to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry. But there has been no movement so far on the proposal, and it’s not known when action will be taken on it. read more

Save The River Featured in NNY Outdoor Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2015 Issue
Keeper's of the mighty St. Lawrence River. For nearly 40 years, Clayton's Save The River has kept watch over a major north country resource. read more

Clayton’s Save The River pushes for water regulation plan approval
The International Joint Commission, which oversees the regulation of the international waterways, has recommended the countries adopt Plan 2014, which would update two plans, Plan 1958-D and Plan 1958-DD, which have not been significantly updated in more than 50 years. read more

S.3932, Microbead-Free Waters Act from TI High School’s SAFE Club
We are writing to express our strong support for S.3932, the Microbead-Free Waters Act. read more

Microbead-Free Waters Act
Companies are placing unnecessary tiny plastic beads into body wash, soaps and toothpastes, which then go down the drain, escape through wastewater treatment facilities unequipped to handle them, only to make their way into New York’s waterways where they wreak havoc on wildlife and the food chain. With just days left in the 2015 Legislative Session, common-sense ... read more

Muskellunge & Bass Fishing Seasons Opens June 20 on the St. Lawrence River
Significant muskellunge regulation changes are in effect on New York waters for the 2015 season, NYSDEC reminds anglers. read more

Great Lakes Waterkeepers and Waterkeeper Alliance Urge Canadian Authorities to Ditch the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
Environmentalists in the Great Lakes Basin are opposed to a new report from a Canadian Joint Review Panel that has called for the support of the Canadian Minister of the Environment to approve a deep geological repository for nuclear waste in Kincardine, Ontario due to its proximity to drinking water supplies for 40 million people in the United States and Canada. read more

US EPA and Army Corps Issue Weak Clean Water Rule
The Upper St. Lawrence River has 5,000 square miles of watershed and all of the waterways in it deserve protection under the Clean Water Act. It isn't right to roll back over 40 years of working for clean water. read more

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About Us

Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The River

The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Over half of Save The River's budget comes from individual memberships and contributions. Supporting us with an annual membership donation will keep our River advocacy, education and research programs going strong.

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Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
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