Over 100 members of the River community came together at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on Saturday, January 27th for Save The River’s (STR) 35th Annual Winter Environmental Conference (WEC). Attendees had the opportunity to engage with speakers
discussing a variety of topics including emerging contaminants, aquatic invasive species efforts, American Eels and an update on Blind Bay.
Lauren Eggleston, Assistant Director of Save The River, said “WEC is a place where people can gather to discuss issues facing the St. Lawrence River. No matter how much you think you know, there is always more to learn about the River and this place we are fortunate to work and live in.” Assemblyman Scott Grey was in attendance and shared on Facebook, “It was interesting to listen to the insightful presentations and interact with passionate individuals dedicated to the good stewardship of the beautiful St. Lawrence River.”
Jefferson County Legislator Phil Reed was the recipient of Save The River’s Friend of the River award for his efforts in preserving
and protecting the St. Lawrence River. The Annual Dan Tack Muskie Catch & Release Award winner was also announced, Austin Demarest with his 54.5 inch catch and release from August 2023.
Save The River was able to offer a live stream feed of the conference for community members who could not attend in person. Working with Steve Weed Productions, the conference was able to reach a larger audience. Photographer Kara Dry was able to offer her services to capture speaker presentations, exhibitor’s displays and more. To view conference presentations, click here.
The Winter Environmental Conference was made possible through the support of business sponsors including Cerow Agency, Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Wellesley Islands Building Supply, Maitland Tower, a grateful anonymous River Rat, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel and Converse Laboratories. Save The River’s conference received support from many generous individual and couple sponsors.