Issues

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.

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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

TI High School SAFE Club and Save The River Attend Microbead Lobbying Day
Thousand Islands High School SAFE Club members Ashley Byers and John Hunter traveled to Albany on May 5, along with the Club Advisor Mrs. Eleanor Thomas and Save The River Program Director Mrs. Kate Breheny, for Microbead Lobbying Day 2015. Ashley and John were the only high school students that participated in the Lobbying Day. read more

New York Water Week
This week is New York Water Week and we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pure Waters Act. read more

AG: Microbeads pass through water treatment sites nationwide
A new study of dozens of water treatment facilities across New York indicate micro­beads, minuscule plastics found in many grooming products, are slipping through safeguards and entering area waterways. read more

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Releases Report on Microbeads
Microbeads are systematically passing through wastewater treatment plants across New York State and entering bodies of water. read more

Thousand Islands shipping halted after sugar freighter runs aground
Published by the Watertown Daily Time on April 21, 2015 “Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway has been halted after a freighter carrying sugar ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge early Monday. Lt. Brian T. Hillman, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard based in Buffalo, said the 621-foot-long freighter, named Juno, called for help about ... read more

From WWNY Channel 7 News: Ship Aground Near TI Bridge
“The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to commercial traffic after a freighter ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay early Monday morning. It happened just after 1 a.m. The Juno is registered in the Bahamas and is carrying a load of sugar. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mark Weidman tells 7 News nothing was spilled and ... read more

TI High School’s SAFE Club supports Ban the Beads campaign
"Thousand Islands High School's Student Activists for the Environment (SAFE) Club is collaborating with Save The River on a Ban the Beads campaign" read more

Save The River Opposes Pre-Season Catch & Release
For the health of the bass fishery, the professional, amateur and casual angler, and for the economic health of the communities that line the River and depend on its health, we oppose pre-season catch and release for bass. read more

Every day is World Water Day
All citizens of the world should have access to swimmable, drinkable and fishable water. read more

St. Lawrence River Institute-Research for Protection and Rehabilitation of the River
Celebrating Canada Water Week and the River we share and love. 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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