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Save The River Reports on Week 4 of Beach Watch Program

July 30th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY (July 27, 2015) - Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 6th through August 31st Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 4.

For the 2015 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. Sampling dates for this year are July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for e. coli bacteria in all of our swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save the River offices, website and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on www.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visit www.savetheriver.org.

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Week Four of BeachWatch: All Locations Passed! Thanks for working with us to keep the River safe and swimmable.
For more information on our Beach Watch program visit: http://blog.savetheriver.org/?p=7430
Photo Credit: Sarah McKinley

Photo Credit: Sarah McKinley

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You’re Invited!

July 30th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Stefanik Mobile Office

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Race Results Announced for the 13th annual Run for the River 5K/10K

July 27th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Congratulations again to all Run for the River participants on a great run on Saturday!

On behalf of the race timing company, Yellow Jacket Racing, and the Save The River staff and volunteers, we’d like to extend our sincere apologies to our Run for the River participants for the inconvenience and delay on Saturday for the timing results of the race. Those who should have received a medal but were unable to stay at the event for the awards will receive their medal via the mail.

If you have any questions about your race time please do not hesitate to contact Race for the River Committee Chairperson Diane Leonard at diane@dhleonardconsulting.com.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
We look forward to seeing you again for the 14th annual Run for the River July 30th, 2016!

Many thanks to the 524 runners and walkers who came out Saturday morning to support Save The River’s 13th annual Run for the River 5K/10K.  We saw record turnouts and the event was our biggest ever, raising several thousand dollars for our River protection programs.

Congratulations to our 5K Winner Michael Holdsworth with an amazing time of 16:36 and our Top 5K Female Amy Foster with an overall 12th place finish and a 21:01 time. The first 10K overall winner was Norris Pearson who timed in at 40:33 and our first 10k Top Female is Litz Brown with a time of 42:12. Congrats to all runner and walkers on a spectacular race!

5K Results

Top Overall –Michael Holdsworth (16:36) 1st Place

Overall Female –Amy Foster (21:01) 12th place

Female 13 and Under –Emily Blight (23:10)

Male 13 and Under - Jarrett Beach (23:04)

Female 14-19 –Haley Pestle (22:59)

Male 14-19 – Austin Bolus (19:31)

Female 20-29 Christine Bosco (22:30)

Male 20-29 – Michael Conte (21:09)

Female 30-39 – Jennifer Riley (23:53)

Male 30-39 – James Schibuk (19:33)

Female 40-49 – Michele Liendecker (24:03)

Male 40-49 – Steven Doe (18:11)

Female 50-59 – Laurie Beth Pestle (23:12)

Male 50-59 - Ron Gordon (20:04)

Female 60-60 –Joanne Reese (23:13)

Male 60-69 – Randy Frith (22:06)

Female 70+ Dorothy Topping (54:50)

Male 70+ George Gustafson (29:38)

10K Results

Overall Male –Norris Pearson (40:33)

Overall Female –Litz Brown (42:12)

Female 14-19 Erin Butrico (45:47)

Female 20-29 –Krista Clarke (47:25)

Male 20-29 – David Crow (42:03)

Female 30-39 –Lesley Vars (45:41)

Male 30-39 – Matt Brophy (43:31)

Female 40-49 –Emily Kinne (47:18)

Male 40-49- Jamie Fress (48:54)

Female 50-59- Casey Purcell (44:00)

Male 50-59- Thomas Schermerhorn (44:31)

Female 60- 69 – Ival Kovner (1:00:54)

Male 60-69 –  Dave Kortz (50:30)

5K Results sorted by Age Group

5K Overall Results

10K Results Sorted by Age Group

10K Overall Results

Many thanks to our Generous Event Sponsors and Supporters! All proceeds from the event support our River protection and education programs!

Car-Freshner Corporation

Against the Grain Gourmet

American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821, Clayton

Caskinette’s Lofink Ford Mercury

Camelbak

Cheney Tire

Community Bank

Howard Orthotics & Prosthetics

Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions

The Phinney Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Reinman’s Department Store

Clayton Shur Fine

Road ID

Frontenac Crystal Spring

And, many thanks to the many volunteers who help make the run possible along with organizations including Clayton Fire Police, Clayton Police Department, Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) and the Village and Town of Clayton.

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Time to Get Vocal (part 2). Governor Cuomo Can Help Restore the St. Lawrence River.

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lee

We need your help. The River needs your help.Heron-Sunlit

In June of last year the IJC referred Plan 2014 to the federal government and recommended its implementation immediately. More than a year later we are still waiting.

We need Governor Cuomo to help break this logjam. His voice will have a real impact on federal approval of this Plan.

Please contact Governor Cuomo and let him know that you support Plan 2014. Ask him to publicly support it too!

Call Governor Cuomo today: 518-474-8390

  • Click HERE to see a sample letter for talking points or you can use your own
  • follow up your call by mailing your version of the sample letter to him
  • Click HERE to send your letter electronically, choose “environmental concerns” from the drop-down menu, and copy and paste your customized letter to the “Message” section
  • Please also share this email with others who want a healthy St. Lawrence River and ask them to contact the Governor too
  • Once you make the call let us know on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SupportPlan2014

For Background click here

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Save The River Reports on Week 3 of Beach Watch Program

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY (July 23, 2015) Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 6th through August 31st Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 3.

For the 2015 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. Sampling dates for this year are July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for e. coli bacteria in all of our swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save the River offices, website and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on www.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visit www.savetheriver.org.

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It’s Time to Get Vocal

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Bea Schermerhorn, long-time, fearless and passionate advocate for a modern water levels plan and a healthy St. Lawrence River, wrote in a letter to the Watertown Daily Times published Monday, July 20th,Watertown Daily Times 2015-07-20 Stefanik Should Speak Out about Plan 2014

“We who care very much about the St. Lawrence River, both environmentally and economically, know how important this river is to our area. . . it is an extremely important resource to our state and it needs protection. Plan 2014 will start that ball rolling.”

Bea wrote this letter to remind us all that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has supported Plan 2014 since before she took office. Of course, Bea is right.

In November, as a Congresswoman-elect, Rep. Elise Stefanik​ wrote,

“Throughout my campaign for Congress I was an advocate for Plan 2014 and intend to continue that support as your next Representative in Congress. . . . The economy of the Great Lakes region and throughout the North Country depends on a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. I believe Plan 2014 will help protect our natural resources throughout our region while addressing the concerns of communities throughout the shoreline. Plan 2014 is a reasonable, balanced solution to the issues confronting the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin. I stand ready to work with you to Watertown Daily Times 2014-12-09 Stefanik Supports Plan 2014achieve these goals.”

We have appreciated her past support, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today. Be sure to thank her for her past support. BUT also ask her to let the Governor and Secretary Kerry know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014.

Watertown: (315) 782-3150

Plattsburgh: (518) 561-2324

Washington: (202) 225-4611

Washington: (202) 225-4611 Schermerhorn, long-time, fearless and passionate advocate for a modern water levels plan and a healthy St. Lawrence River, wrote in a letter to the Watertown Daily Times published Monday, July 20th,
“We who care very much about the St. Lawrence River, both environmentally and economically, know how important this river is to our area. . . it is an extremely important resource to our state and it needs protection. Plan 2014 will start that ball rolling.”
Bea wrote this letter to remind us all that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has supported Plan 2014 since before she took office. Of course, Bea is right.
In November, as a Congresswoman-elect, Rep. Elise Stefanik​ wrote,
“Throughout my campaign for Congress I was an advocate for Plan 2014 and intend to continue that support as your next Representative in Congress. . . . The economy of the Great Lakes region and throughout the North Country depends on a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. I believe Plan 2014 will help protect our natural resources throughout our region while addressing the concerns of communities throughout the shoreline. Plan 2014 is a reasonable, balanced solution to the issues confronting the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin. I stand ready to work with you to achieve these goals.”
We have appreciated her past support, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today. Be sure to thank her for her past support. BUT also ask her to let the Governor know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014.
Watertown: (315) 782-3150
Plattsburgh: (518) 561-2324
Washington: (202) 225-4611Bea Schermerhorn, long-time, fearless and passionate advocate for a modern water levels plan and a healthy St. Lawrence River, wrote in a letter to the Watertown Daily Times published Monday, July 20th,
“We who care very much about the St. Lawrence River, both environmentally and economically, know how important this river is to our area. . . it is an extremely important resource to our state and it needs protection. Plan 2014 will start that ball rolling.”
Bea wrote this letter to remind us all that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has supported Plan 2014 since before she took office. Of course, Bea is right.
In November, as a Congresswoman-elect, Rep. Elise Stefanik​ wrote,
“Throughout my campaign for Congress I was an advocate for Plan 2014 and intend to continue that support as your next Representative in Congress. . . . The economy of the Great Lakes region and throughout the North Country depends on a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. I believe Plan 2014 will help protect our natural resources throughout our region while addressing the concerns of communities throughout the shoreline. Plan 2014 is a reasonable, balanced solution to the issues confronting the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin. I stand ready to work with you to achieve these goals.”
We have appreciated her past support, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today. Be sure to thank her for her past support. BUT also ask her to let the Governor know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014.
Watertown: (315) 782-3150
Plattsburgh: (518) 561-2324
Washington: (202) 225-4611Schermerhorn, long-time, fearless and passionate advocate for a modern water levels plan and a healthy St. Lawrence River, wrote in a letter to the Watertown Daily Times published Monday, July 20th,
“We who care very much about the St. Lawrence River, both environmentally and economically, know how important this river is to our area. . . it is an extremely important resource to our state and it needs protection. Plan 2014 will start that ball rolling.”
Bea wrote this letter to remind us all that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has supported Plan 2014 since before she took office. Of course, Bea is right.
In November, as a Congresswoman-elect, Rep. Elise Stefanik​ wrote,
“Throughout my campaign for Congress I was an advocate for Plan 2014 and intend to continue that support as your next Representative in Congress. . . . The economy of the Great Lakes region and throughout the North Country depends on a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. I believe Plan 2014 will help protect our natural resources throughout our region while addressing the concerns of communities throughout the shoreline. Plan 2014 is a reasonable, balanced solution to the issues confronting the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin. I stand ready to work with you to achieve these goals.”
We have appreciated her past support, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today. Be sure to thank her for her past support. BUT also ask her to let the Governor know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014.
Watertown: (315) 782-3150
Plattsburgh: (518) 561-2324
Washington: (202) 225-4611Bea Schermerhorn, long-time, fearless and passionate advocate for a modern water levels plan and a healthy St. Lawrence River, wrote in a letter to the Watertown Daily Times published Monday, July 20th,
“We who care very much about the St. Lawrence River, both environmentally and economically, know how important this river is to our area. . . it is an extremely important resource to our state and it needs protection. Plan 2014 will start that ball rolling.”
Bea wrote this letter to remind us all that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has supported Plan 2014 since before she took office. Of course, Bea is right.
In November, as a Congresswoman-elect, Rep. Elise Stefanik​ wrote,
“Throughout my campaign for Congress I was an advocate for Plan 2014 and intend to continue that support as your next Representative in Congress. . . . The economy of the Great Lakes region and throughout the North Country depends on a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. I believe Plan 2014 will help protect our natural resources throughout our region while addressing the concerns of communities throughout the shoreline. Plan 2014 is a reasonable, balanced solution to the issues confronting the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin. I stand ready to work with you to achieve these goals.”
We have appreciated her past support, but need her to remind Albany and Washington that the health of this River is important to her district, our region and the state of New York. Call her office today. Be sure to thank her for her past support. BUT also ask her to let the Governor know she stands with the River community in support of Plan 2014.
Watertown: (315) 782-3150
Plattsburgh: (518) 561-2324
Washington: (202) 225-4611
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Invasive Species Awareness Week Ends, But Not the Invasions?

July 18th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Heard of Caspian Sea Kilka? Black Sea Silverstripe? Black-striped Pipefish? Monkey (not Round) Goby?

Not yet? But maybe soon. These may be the next wave of invaders to swarm the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Which of these is next?

Which of these is next?

Groundbreaking research by scientists at Buffalo State College, translating (from Russian) and analyzing previously unpublished research on Ponto-Caspian fish species, have identified these four species among forty-two as having a high risk potential of surviving current treatment methods and successfully establishing breeding populations in our already overtaxed and reeling waterbodies.

The Seaway and international shippers frequently state: “Since the latest measures [salt water flushes of ballast water tanks] were introduced in 2006, no new aquatic nuisance species have been discovered in the Great Lakes due to shipping.” Chamber of Marine Commerce

This new research calls the longterm effectiveness of salt water flushes into question. To quote the scientists, “Our results also indicate that ballast water exchange, if carried out according to current regulations governing shipping in the Great Lakes, should reduce but not eliminate the probability of future introductions of invasive Ponto-Caspian fishes.”

Their alarming conclusion, “Our updated listing of high-risk Ponto-Caspian fishes includes five species identified previously (the Black and Caspian Sea sprat, Eurasian minnow, big-scale sand smelt, European perch, and monkey goby) and five additional species (the Black sea shad, Caspian tyulka, Volga dwarf goby, Caspian bighead goby, and black-striped pipefish). Of these ten species, four (the monkey goby, big-scale sand smelt, Caspian tyulka, and black-striped pipefish) are likely to survive ballast water exchange as eggs, larvae, or adults based on salinity tolerances. The black-striped pipefish has spread rapidly throughout Europe and could cause significant ecological changes in the Great Lakes, and it is unlike anything currently found in the Great Lakes.

These conclusions make it imperative that the most stringent means possible must be put in place to protect our River and the Great Lakes from the next wave of unwanted invasives. Although very late to the game, the EPA and Coast Guard regulations to control vessel discharge must not be weakened by misguided Congressional efforts to do so. We will keep you posted and raise the alert to see that does not happen.

Summary of the Buffalo State research here: http://www.lakescientist.com/research-summary-updated-invasion-risk-assessment-for-ponto-caspian-fishes-to-the-great-lakes/

Fact Sheet prepared by New York Sea Grant here: http://blog.savetheriver.org/wp-content/uploads/Predicted-Fish-Invaders-fact-sheet-March-16-2015.pdf

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RIverkeeper Volunteers Learn to Spot Invasives

July 17th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Learn about invasive species on the River and how to report them by becoming a Riverkeeper Volunteer.

Recent Riverkeeper Volunteers

Recent Riverkeeper Volunteers

The next Riverkeeper Volunteer Monitor Training is Wednesday, July 29th at 6pm at the Save The River office. Space is limited so sign up today! Call 315-686-2010 or email info@savetheriver.org

Save The River’s new Riverkeeper Volunteer Program trains volunteers to be our eyes and ears out on the River, by teaching the basics on assessing River health and identifying potential pollution problems.

Riverkeeper volunteers will be trained to keep an eye out for pollution, wildlife die-offs and subtle changes in the River ecosystem that can indicate changes in River health. Volunteers will also learn how to assess pollution problems and how to effectively report these problems to the proper authorities.

Volunteers who attend a training session will receive all the materials needed to participate in the program as well as a Save The River t-shirt.

Save The River’s new Riverkeeper Volunteer Program trains volunteers to be our eyes and ears out on the River, by teaching the basics on assessing River health and identifying potential pollution problems.
Riverkeeper volunteers will be trained to keep an eye out for pollution, wildlife die-offs and subtle changes in the River ecosystem that can indicate changes in River health. Volunteers will also learn how to assess pollution problems and how to effectively report these problems to the proper authorities.
Volunteers who attend a training session will receive all the materials needed to participate in the program as well as a Save The River t-shirt.
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Save The River Reports on Week 2 of Beach Watch Program

July 16th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY (July 16, 2015) - Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 6th through August 31st Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 2.

For the 2015 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. Sampling dates for this year are July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for e. coli bacteria in all of our swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save the River offices, website and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted onwww.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visitwww.savetheriver.org.

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How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever

July 15th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever, published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Dan Egan.

MJS GREATLAKES

A primer on invasive species in the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes. Worth a re-read this Invasive Species Awareness Week.

an excerpt: ” . . . the consequences of opening a nautical freeway into the Great Lakes for globe-roaming freighters proved disastrous — at least 56 non-native organisms have since been discovered in the lakes, and the majority arrived as stowaways in freighter ballast tanks.

These invaders have decimated native fish populations and rewired the way energy flows through the world’s largest freshwater system, sparking an explosion in seaweed growth that rots in reeking pockets along thousands of miles of shoreline. The foreign organisms are implicated in botulism outbreaks that have suffocated tens of thousands of birds on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. They are among the culprits responsible for toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie that threaten public water supplies.”

The whole series deserves a close read. Find it here: http://ow.ly/PCvWJ

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