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Tell Congress: Do Not Weaken Ballast Water Rules – Keep New Invasives Out of the St. Lawrence River!

May 16th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

After years of struggle the federal government is requiring shippers to take action to clean up their ballast water discharges and stop the introduction of new invasive species.

We on the St. Lawrence River know all too well the scourge of invasive species introduced through the discharge of ballast water into our River and the Great Lakes. Zebra mussels, round goby, eurasian milfoil, and VHS have disrupted the River’s fragile ecosystem, displaced or decimated native species and cost millions each year in eradication efforts and lost economic activity.

Using the clear authority of the Clean Water Act, shippers are finally being required to clean up their act and their ballast water.

But now the House of Representatives is considering a bill that will undo the progress made and once again open the spigot to aquatic invasive species.Ballast Water Discharge

Language that will essentially remove shipping from the requirements of the Clean Water Act has been added to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4909), a bill that is considered a “must pass” piece of legislation.

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) is a tremendous step backward for the River and Great Lakes and opens these great waterbodies to the threat of a new wave of invaders.

We need you to contact your Congress person today and tell them “no rollback of Clean Water Protections from invasive species – no VIDA in HR 4909.

If your Congress person is Elise Stefanik:

call her at:  (202) 225-4611

or send an email by going to:  https://stefanik.house.gov/contact/email

If you vote in a different Congressional District, but love the River and want to protect it from new invasives, you can find contact information for your Congress person here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Suggested script for a call or email. Personalizing it will give it greater impact:

“I urge Congresswoman Stefanik to oppose the inclusion of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act in HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act. Its provisions remove Clean Water Act protections for the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species in ballast water discharges. It is critical to the health of the River and the economy of communities all along it to stop the introduction of new invasive species.”

Please SHARE this with others who also want a healthy St. Lawrence River. Ask them to call their representative in Congress too.

Once you make the call let us know on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NoVIDA.

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Calendars are In! Thank You Photographers!

May 15th, 2016 | Posted by admin
The 2016-2017 Calendar is currently on sale and all proceeds directly support Save The
River’s river protection programs!

The 2016-2017 Calendar is currently on sale and all proceeds directly support Save The River’s efforts to preserve, protect and restore the St. Lawrence River!2016 Calendar Post

Thanks to all the photographers who generously submitted their favorite River photos this year.

We received hundreds of beautiful photos and now have an incredible calendar ready for appreciation adding to your collection.

Don’t forget! We accept photos all year long.

If you have a favorite photo you’d like us to consider for next year, please send them to info@savetheriver.org or drop it in the mail to Calendar Contest, Save The River, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624.

When submitting please note: Digital images must be high resolution and greater than 300 dpi. (Hint:  The file size will be approximately 3 MB or larger)

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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Rock for the River 13 Tickets on Sale Now!

May 15th, 2016 | Posted by admin
Rock for the River 13 Tickets on Sale Now!
Make plans now to attend July 2nd at the Clayton Opera House. Great music to benefit Save The River as we fight to preserve, protect and restore one of America’s 10 most endangered rivers.
Tickets available at: http://ow.ly/73q4300d9Qs

Great music to benefit Save The River as we fight to preserve, protect and restore one of America’s 10 most endangered rivers.

2016 Rock 13 Poster

Make plans now to attend July 2nd at the Clayton Opera House.

Tickets available at the Clayton Opera House website.


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Today in 1954 Seaway Act Signed, 2016 Should be the Year Plan 2014 Signed

May 13th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Today in 1954 President Eisenhower signed the Seaway Development Act. With the stroke of a pen he set the course for the Seaway to open to commercialE3-NY-LOCK shipping just five years later.

Today with just the stroke of a pen the U.S. and Canadian governments could begin to undo some of the damage the Seaway has caused in the almost six decades since. And it would start immediately.

The St. Lawrence River does not have to be one of America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers.

Find out how you can make that happen. Visit: http://plan2014now.savetheriver.org

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It’s Time to Register for Save The River’s Run for the River!

May 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
2016 Run for the River 5K / 10K Registration is now open!
Event to Benefit Save The River as is fights to preserve, protect and restore one of America’s 10 most endangered rivers. More info here: http://ow.ly/10yggA
Save The River’s Run for the River 5K / 10K will be held on Saturday, July 30th! Each year this fun event raises several thousand dollars for our River protection programs.
To sign up online now visit: http://ow.ly/aeiv3008BGu

Run 2016 (1)Registration for the 2016 Save The River Run for the River 5K / 10K is now open!

The proceeds of this annual event benefit Save The River. This year is critically important as we fight to preserve, protect and restore one of America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers. For more information on our efforts to get a modern water levels plan visit: Plan2014Now.SaveTheRiver.org.

So sign up, bring your family and friends, and join hundreds of others who love the St. Lawrence and go the distance to Save The River!

This year’s Run for the River 5K / 10K will be held Saturday, July 30th!

Easy sign up online.

Rock for the River 13 Concert to Benefit Save The River Tickets on Sale Soon!

May 11th, 2016 | Posted by admin

Tickets go on sale Sunday, May 15th

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Blue Fish Radio Interviews Riverkeeper about Most Endangered Designation

May 9th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Blue Fish Radio covers the designation of the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s most endangered rivers with Lawrence Gunther interviewing Lee Willbanks, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper. Listen to the interview here: http://ow.ly/E9ga3003Isj
Visit http://plan2014now.savetheriver.org/ to learn more about the designation.
from Lawrence’s website: “Lawrence Gunther, North America’s only blind professional angler, is the host of both “Feel the Bite TV” and the “Blue Fish Radio” show. . . In addition to being one of Canada’s top-sponsored anglers, Lawrence is the President of “Blue Fish Canada”, a charity dedicated to the future of fish and fishing. More recently, Lawrence completed filming a documentary exploring the most significant fish and water issues affecting Canada. For more visit: http://lawrencegunther.com/

Blue Fish Radio covers the designation of the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s most endangered rivers with Lawrence Gunther interviewing Most Endangered (1)Lee Willbanks, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper. Listen to the interview here.

Visit plan2014now.savetheriver.org to learn more about the designation.

from Lawrence’s website: “Lawrence Gunther, North America’s only blind professional angler, is the host of both “Feel the Bite TV” and the “Blue Fish Radio” show. . . In addition to being one of Canada’s top-sponsored anglers, Lawrence is the President of “Blue Fish Canada”, a charity dedicated to the future of fish and fishing. More recently, Lawrence completed filming a documentary exploring the most significant fish and water issues affecting Canada. For more visit his website.

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Save The River Reiterates Position on Wind Development Within St. Lawrence River Valley

May 9th, 2016 | Posted by admin
CLAYTON, N.Y. – Due to recent press accounts regarding the organization’s position on wind
development within the Saint Lawrence River valley, Save The River Executive Director and Upper Saint
Lawrence Riverkeeper, Lee Willbanks, issued the following statement:
“Contrary to published reports, Save The River’s position on wind development has not changed.
Rather, this position has always been clear.
“Our organization believes the Saint Lawrence River Valley is in need of a comprehensive
region‐wide, cross‐border assessment of the cumulative environmental impact of wind that
should be developed by agencies from U.S. and Canada. Furthermore, the studies resulting from
this assessment must be published and subjected to extensive review and public consultation.
“This is not a blanket rejection of wind development.
“Nor, is it a blind statement of approval.
“It is a call for deliberate consultation and study.
“Any other characterization of Save The River’s position is erroneous and should be corrected
immediately.”
Save the River’s position statement on industrial wind development can be found on the organization’s
website.

CLAYTON, N.Y. – Due to recent press accounts regarding the organization’s position on wind development within the Saint Lawrence River valley, Save The River Executive Director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, Lee Willbanks, issued the following statement:

“Contrary to published reports, Save The River’s position on wind development has not changed. Rather, this position has always been clear.

“Our organization believes the Saint Lawrence River Valley is in need of a comprehensive region‐wide, cross‐border assessment of the cumulative environmental impact of wind that should be developed by agencies from U.S. and Canada. Furthermore, the studies resulting from this assessment must be published and subjected to extensive review and public consultation.

“This is not a blanket rejection of wind development.

“Nor, is it a blind statement of approval.

“It is a call for deliberate consultation and study.

“Any other characterization of Save The River’s position is erroneous and should be corrected immediately.”

Save the River’s position statement on industrial wind development can be found on the organization’s website.

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Proceed with Caution

April 27th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

April Dangers.

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Once the wind (& the snow) die down and the early season beauty of the River is calling us to be on it again, remember there are leftovers from winter to be aware of and avoid.

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On the 46th Earth Day the St. Lawrence is a Most Endangered River

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Lee

It’s Earth Day and our River, the St. Lawrence River, one of North America’s most important, is also one of its Most Endangered Rivers.


This is wrong! It shouldn’t be! And, it doesn’t have to be!

Cattails (credit Averell Manes)

With the stroke of a pen, the U.S. and Canada can enact Plan 2014, a modern water levels management plan, that will begin the restoration of 64,000 acres of wetlands, rebuild the now decimated populations of native species like Northern Pike, Terns, Muskrat and others, and provide for increased recreational opportunities to the 4th largest river in North America.


You can help make this happen.

Go to plan2014now.savetheriver.org, watch the video, then fill in your information. Once you’ve finished, share the link will all your friends and ask them to join you in demanding action.


With your help we will show Secretary of State Kerry and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dion the tremendous support the River community has for returning the River to health.


Thank you for your support in this effort. And, please contact us if you have any questions at all.

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