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“The current method of regulation [of water levels on the River] is antiquated, . . .

June 30th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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A great read on why we need to support #Plan2014Now.

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“The current method of regulation [of water levels on the River] is antiquated, recognized [by American Rivers] by the designation in April 2016 of the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. The history of trying to regulate the St. Lawrence River shows that there is an underlying conceptual flaw in the notion that we should control the hydrological regimes on rivers and lakes. Plan 2014 is a major step in the right direction.”


Daniel MacFarlane, a speaker at our 2016 Winter Environmental Conference, in a guest blog on the American Rivers website.


More information at: http://plan2014now.savetheriver.org/

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We’re Here; Supporting #Plan2014Now

June 29th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
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The Importance of the Wet Meadow

June 28th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

In the latest post in the American Rivers series about restoring the St. Lawrence River, one of America’s most endangered, Dr. Douglas A. Wilcox, Empire Innovation Professor of Wetland Science at SUNY—The College at Brockport, lays out the case for a more natural water levels management plan to ensure a healthy River:
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“Put simply, variability matters. . . This has been happening for thousands of years [on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River], and the biological communities, both plant and animal, have evolved to depend on those conditions. . . The damaging and unnatural water-level regulation plan instituted after the Moses Saunders Dam was built has thrown a wrench in this natural cadence. This [out-dated] plan attempts to keep year-to-year water-level patterns static, which is the absolute worst thing you could ever do to a Great Lakes wetland. . .

Plan 2014 seeks to reestablish more natural environmental conditions while continuing to provide support for other interests and should be supported by everyone.”

The full post is here and worth a read.

#Plan2014Now

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Water Quality to be Tested at Popular Swimming Areas

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by Kate

Save The River’s annual summer Beach Watch Program will begin July 5th and will run through August 29th.  The program will provide weekly snapshots of water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season.  Sites to be tested include Wilson’s 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.


The samples collected each week are tested for Escherichia coli, (E. coli). E. coli is a fast spreading bacteria and can respond to environmental signals quickly in order to thrive in the water. Once tested, the bacteria levels in each sample are then compared to state and federal beach water quality standards, which are set at 235 colonies per 100 ml of water for the 2016 season. High levels of E. coli bacteria can cause health problems (including gastrointestinal illness), and can be dangerous to the very old, the very young, as well as those with a compromised immune system.


In 2015, all sites tested passed the weekly safety standard for E. coli levels, however, in previous years there have been occasional incidences of high bacteria levels, especially late in the summer season when water temperatures are at their highest. As a result, Save The River has continued to closely monitor water quality according to New York State Department of Health guidelines.


Beach Watch results are posted at the Save The River office and on the Save The River website, www.savetheriver.org every Thursday.  The results can also be found on the Save The River Facebook page, in The Thousands Islands Sun, online at theswimguide.org or on the SwimGuide app available on the App Store and Google Play.

Save The River summer intern Heidi Pearson conducts a pre-season assessment at Wilson's Beach.

Save The River summer intern Heidi Pearson conducts a pre-season assessment at Wilson's Beach.

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We Remember

June 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lee
40 Years Ago the St. Lawrence River joined the ranks of waterways abused and assaulted by the vagaries of careless industrial use when 300,000 gallons of petroleum was spilled and spread into its countless bays, backwaters and coves.
The River and the communities that depend on it being healthy have never been the same.
The River faces some of the same challenges now as then, but also new ones as well. NCPR helps us remember the “Slick of 76″ and put it into a perspective for today, when our River has been named as one of the ten most endangered rivers in America for a water levels plan that predates the NEPCO 140 spill by almost 20 years. http://ow.ly/xwf0301xxBt
The “Slick” reminds us all that vigilance in the effort to protect our freshwater is a must.

40 Years Ago the St. Lawrence River joined the ranks of waterways abused and assaulted by the vagaries of careless industrial use when 300,000 gallons of petroleum was spilled and spread into its countless bays, backwaters and coves.

The River and the communities that depend on it being healthy have never been the same.1976 NEPCO 140 Spill A-Bay Cleanup

The River faces some of the same challenges now as then, but also new ones as well. NCPR helps us remember the “Slick of 76″ and put it into a perspective for today, when our River has been named as one of the ten most endangered rivers in America for a water levels plan that predates the NEPCO 140 spill by almost 20 years.

The “Slick” reminds us all that vigilance in the effort to protect our River is a must. Personal action to ensure its health is imperative.

Now the action needed is replacing an outdated water levels plan with a modern one – Plan 2014 – to begin the restoration of the over 64,000 acres of wetlands the River and Lake Ontario have lost, bring back the native species whose populations have been decimated – Northern Pike down 70%, Black Tern down 80% – and give our children and their children the opportunity to know the River our grandparents knew.

Take action – Support Plan 2014.

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Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward

June 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward – Most recent guest blog in American Rivers​ series on the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. http://ow.ly/A1P8301wOo3
“The time to implement Plan 2014 is now. If we wait much longer we may very well reach a point by which we can never recover.”
When it comes to conservation and public policy in New York State, you’d be hard pressed to find someone smarter and more dedicated than Charles Parker, president of the New York State Conservation Council.
In his thoughtful blog post for Save The River, Charles writes on the need for leadership on Plan 2014.
It is time for Governor Andrew Cuomo​, President Obama​, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau​ to support #Plan2014NOW

Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward – Most recent guest blog in American Rivers​ series on the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.

Cattail Choked Wetland (by Nature Conservancy)

Cattail Choked Wetland (by Nature Conservancy)

“The time to implement Plan 2014 is now. If we wait much longer we may very well reach a point by which we can never recover.”

When it comes to conservation and public policy in New York State, you’d be hard pressed to find someone smarter and more dedicated than Charles Parker, president of the New York State Conservation Council.

In his thoughtful guest blog post in American Rivers’ series, Charles writes on the need for leadership on Plan 2014.

It is time for Governor Andrew Cuomo​, President Obama​, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau​ to support #Plan2014NOW.

You can show your support by Taking the Plunge! to Support Plan2014NOW

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Riverkeeper Takes the Plunge! to Support #Plan2014Now!

June 20th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Join Us!

Create your own video to show your love for the St. Lawrence River, recently named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, and your support for a modern water levels plan to help heal it. (Instructions here).

Riverkeeper Taking the Plunge

Riverkeeper Taking the Plunge

Take the Plunge! (We did) to Support Plan 2014 Now

Be sure to use #Plan2014Now (where ever you post it). And don’t forget to tag @SaveTheRiver or email us a link so we can see and share your video.

And, have fun!

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Take the Plunge! Support Plan 2014 Now!

June 19th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Please consider creating a video to show your love for the St. Lawrence River which was recently named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. (We’re posting them on our YouTube page.)

Below are instructions on the ways you can add your voice. Be sure to use #Plan2014Now and don’t forget to tag @SaveTheRiver or email us a link so we can see and share your video.

And, have fun!

Take the Plunge to Support Plan 2014

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Plan 2014 is Good For Business and Families

June 16th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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Another “on the River” voice for ‪#‎Plan2014Now‬ joins the chorus on the American Rivers blog focusing on the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s most endangered rivers and how, with the stroke of a pen, the U.S. and Canadian governments will begin the restoration of 64,000 acres wetlands, habitat and key species.

Peter Johnston, his family, and Ed Huck Marine know the River well and know the damage from the outdated plan all too well because they are on it everyday and depend on a healthy River.

Read Peter’s full piece here.

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St. Lawrence added to Endangered Rivers List. Here’s Why.

June 14th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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American Rivers’​ next installment – a guest blog from WWF-Canada – focusing on the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s most endangered rivers.

And how, with the stroke of a pen, the U.S. and Canadian governments could begin the restoration of wetlands, habitat and key species, by approving Plan 2014 now.


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