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Save The River’s 27th Winter Environmental Conference Agenda

February 5th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

There’s still time to register for the conference. For more information call Save The River at 315-686-2010 or click here.

2016 WEC Agenda

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“Meet the upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper; Save The River prepares to host annual conference”

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

Great coverage by North Country Public Radio of our upcoming Winter Environmental Conference

“The upper St. Lawrence River’s largest environmental group holds its annual winter conference this weekend.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be one of the speakers at Save The River’s conference this Saturday at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton.”

Tony Maas, Principal of Maas Strategies, is a nationally recognized water policy expert in Canada. He will be providing an update on Canadian environmental policy and Ontario’s Great Lakes Protection Act.

With the potential for New York State voters to vote for a constitutional convention in 2017, van Rossum will speak about the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

“Speakers will also tackle topics that kept Save The River busy in 2015, including passing a new, more environmentally-friendly water levels management plan for the river, and opposing Montreal’s dumping of raw sewage into the river last fall.”

Visit NCPR’s website for the full story:http://ow.ly/XTDaK

There’s still time to register for the conference. For more information call Save The River at 315-686-2010 or visit: http://ow.ly/WUDZF

WEC Speakers Panel Image

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Meadow Marsh Wetlands Disappearing on the St. Lawrence River as Governments Delay

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Finalized and referred to the U.S. and Canadian governments in June 2014, Plan 2014 still awaits final approval!

It is time for leadership and action. Tell Ottawa and Washington it’s time.

Voice your support for Plan 2014 for a healthy future for the River. Write, print and send a letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion and Secretary of State John Kerry today.

Take Action:
Step 1: Download this template letter. Print, sign and add your address to the bottom. Or copy and paste the text into a new document to customize with your personal story.
Step 2: Mail your letter(s) to:

The Honorable Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2. You can also email him through the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, US Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520. You can also tweet him @John Kerry

Step 3: Tell us how you took action on Facebook and Twitter, and share this link with your friends so they can support Plan 2014 too!


For over 50 years, the levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been regulated by the Moses Saunders Dam, whose operating plan was developed with pre-computer technology. Plan 2014 uses modern simulations to adjust the dam’s operating plan to work with nature. If adopted, the new plan will restore 64,000 acres of wetlands, boost hydropower production and increase the resilience of hundreds of miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada.

Plan 2014 is also a net economic winner, providing millions annually in increased economic benefits for the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River region as well as increased hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities worth as much as $9.1 million annually to New York’s economy.

For more information visit: http://www.savetheriver.org/ index.cfm?page=app.programsLevels.


Sample Letter


Re: Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Plan 2014

Dear___________,

I write to express strong support for Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Plan 2014, which was developed with input from hundreds of experts and thousands of citizens. I support Plan 2014 because of its ability to restore and protect one of the US and Canada’s most precious freshwater resources – Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Plan 2014 is a once-in-a-generation chance to restore a critical freshwater resource. Plan 2014 will help protect against extreme water levels, restore tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, boost hydropower production and increase the resilience of hundreds of miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada.

Thriving wetland habitats support highly valued recreational opportunities, filter polluted run­off, and provide nurseries for fisheries and wildlife. Ecosystem health was not considered in the 1950s when decisions were made to artificially compress the natural variability of levels of Lake Ontario. Wetland habitats and key species of fish, birds and mammals have suffered. Plan 2014 will begin to reverse that damage.

We urge approval of Plan 2014 – as it was referred by the IJC – as soon as possible. If such an opportunity is lost due to delayed implementation of Plan 2014, the next opportunity may not arise for decades.

Sincerely,


Thank you for your support!

Please contact our office at 315-686-2010 or info@savetheriver.org if you have any questions.

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Submit your River photos for the Save The River 2016-2017 Calendar.

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

Save The River is looking for River photos to be included in its upcoming calendar. In particular winter and ‘off-season’ images, although any and all River photos will be accepted. Photographers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to send photos in to be considered for inclusion in one of the most popular calendars of the St. Lawrence River region.

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 12, 2016.

Photos selected for one of the 14 featured images (calendar cover and 13 months) will earn the photographer a complimentary calendar. All proceeds from calendar sales directly support Save The River’s river protection programs.

All images will be considered including film prints and digital images.  Digital images must be high resolution, greater than 300dpi and approximately 3MB or larger. To be considered every photo must include a photo title and the photographer’s contact information.

Photographers submitting photos grant Save the River a non-exclusive right to use the image for any purpose in perpetuity.  Ownership of the image will remain the property of the photographer.

Photos can be submitted to Save The River via e-mail to: info@savetheriver.org with ‘Photo Contest’ in the subject or via mail to Save The River, Attention Photo Contest, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624.

July Carrie Kerr Lazy Sailing

Carrie Kerr’s photo entitled “Lazy Sailing” was featured in Save The River’s 2015-16 calendar.

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Thousand Islands ranked No. 1 on list of nation’s archipelagos

January 27th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

From today’s Watertown Daily Times editorial page, “Promoting the Thousand Islands as a wonderful tourist destination recently became a little easier. . . By focusing on water quality and watershed issues, members of Save the River do their part to attract visitors.” It is worth a full read.

With a super shout out to Save The River, the editorial correctly mentions our members. They are full-time and seasonal residents, boaters, kayakers, swimmers, anglers, divers, birders, hunters, scientists, artists, teachers, students of all ages, public figures, business owners, Canadian and American. And they are members because they believe in our mission to protect and preserve the St. Lawrence River.

Even so, we are not in this alone, and the River region (and Save The River) is blessed to have a tremendous number of groups and agencies all working to keep the land and water clean and sustaining for generations. A partial list of those we partner with: Waterkeeper AllianceThousand Islands Land TrustIndian River Lakes ConservancyMinna Anthony Common Nature Center – FriendsNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic PreservationIJC – International Joint CommissionAudubon New YorkDucks UnlimitedLake Ontario WaterkeeperWWF-CanadaSUNY-ESFAlgonquin to Adirondacks CollaborativeClarkson UniversityHealing Our Waters – Great Lakes CoalitionAntique Boat MuseumThe Nature Conservancy in New YorkWilson Hill Wildlife Management AreaSt. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental SciencesAlliance for the Great LakesThousand Islands Tourism CouncilAquatarium, and so many others.

We all have a place on the River and we all have a role in using it sustainably, and ensuring it is swimmable, drinkable and fishable to seven generations.

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2016 Summer Internship Positions Available

January 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

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Interested in working at Save The River next summer?

We are looking for qualified candidates to work at Save The River for the 2016 summer from mid May through Labor Day. We are currently accepting applications until March 20, 2016.

For more information and how to apply click here.

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Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, environmental historian, to speak on Plan 2014 at Winter Environmental Conference

January 21st, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

Macfarlane- Sustainability Studies_150_0Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, Assistant Professor of Freshwater Policy at Western Michigan University, will speak at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference about Plan 2014, the long anticipated, but currently stalled, modern water levels management plan, proposed by the International Joint Commission in June 2014.

In a well-received editorial published last September in the Standard-Freeholder, a Cornwall, Ontario newspaper, Dr. Macfarlane wrote, “Since the IJC can’t unilaterally implement its Plan 2014 recommendation, it is up to the Canadian and American governments to decide what to do. They must adopt it. The current method of regulation is an anachronism. Plan 2014 is just a step in the right direction.”

Save The River is pleased to have Dr. Macfarlane share his perspective on the need for a modern water levels plan for the River. His extensive knowledge of the history of the Seaway and dams that have caused ecological damage to wetland habitat and declines in key species will be very helpful as we approach the second anniversary of the referral of Plan 2014 – a plan that will begin to reverse that damage.

Dr. Macfarlane is an environmental historian and policy scholar specializing in border waters in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin, and is author of the award-winning 2014 book “Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway” which was based on his doctoral dissertation at the University of Ottawa and explores, among other aspects, the ecological impact of building the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. He is currently writing a book on the history of engineering Niagara Falls, researching the history of Great Lakes water levels, co-editing a book on US-Canadian border waters, and working on the history of the International Joint Commission.

Other speakers at Save The River’s conference include Congresswoman Stefanik who will update attendees on her work to address issues of importance to the St. Lawrence River. Other speakers will address Montreal’s sewage dump this past fall, possible transport of crude oil on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, plastic pollution in our waterways, and the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is open to the public. Registration is $50 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres.  Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by Friday, January 29th by calling (315) 686-2010 or by downloading and submitting the registration form.

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Calling all River Photographers!

January 21st, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

Submissions are now being accepted for the Save The River 2016-2017 Calendar.

Save The River is looking for great River photos to be included in its upcoming calendar, especially your favorite winter and ‘off season’ images.

If you have a few favorite River photos that you would like to submit please send them along and include a title and your contact information. The deadline for submission is Friday, February 12, 2016.

All images will be considered including film prints and digital images.

Bruce Parker SpringtimeDawn-6916Digital images MUST BE high resolution and greater than 300 dpi. (Hint:  The file size will be approximately 3 MB or larger.) NO EXCEPTIONS

To Submit: Send your photos to us via e-mail: info@savetheriver.org include “photo contest” in the subject or via snail mail: Save The River, Attention Photo Contest, 409 Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY 13624.  Please include your name and contact information.  Don’t forget the deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016.

If your photo is selected for one of the 14 featured images (Cover and 13 months) you will receive a complimentary calendar and the honor of being in one of the most popular calendars on the River!

By submitting photos to Save the River, you grant to Save the River a non-exclusive right to use the image for any purpose in perpetuity.  Ownership of the image remains the property of the photographer. All proceeds from calendar sales directly support Save The River’s river protection programs!

Photo credit: Bruce Parker, 2015-16 Save The River Calendar

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to speak at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference

January 20th, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

Stefanik Official PortraitSave The River announced Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will speak at its upcoming Winter Environmental Conference, Saturday, February 6th. Ms. Stefanik, whose district covers the entire length of the St. Lawrence River in the U.S., will update attendees on her work to address issues of importance to the St. Lawrence River and those in and out of her district who are connected to the River.

Congresswoman Stefanik has been a vocal supporter of Plan 2014, the modern water levels plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, and a co-sponsor of the recently enacted law banning microbeads in consumer products. She also recently convened a cross-boundary roundtable on dealing with the threat from invasive species and has met with Save The River to discuss a range of issues related to the threats and opportunities facing the River.

“I am very excited to speak at Save the River’s Winter Conference,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Save the River is the leading voice protecting the St. Lawrence River, and together we have already successfully worked to protect this important body of water from plastic microbead pollution. We have much more left to accomplish, and I look forward to speaking with Save the River activists about important initiatives, including Plan 2014 and my work in Congress to combat the epidemic of invasive species in our waters.”

Lee Willbanks, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Save The River executive director stated, “We are very pleased to have our Congresswoman speak to attendees at our 27th conference. Rep. Stefanik has, in a very short time, become a knowledgeable and thoughtful supporter of policies that are important to the health of the St. Lawrence River and the communities that rely on it. Speaking to this very informed and engaged audience will be an excellent way to continue the very productive dialogue she has with the River community.”

Ms. Stefanik was first elected to Congress in 2014 and is a Member of the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. She was elected by her freshman peers in the 114th Congress to serve as the freshman representative to the Policy Committee. In the fall she joined with several of her colleagues backing a resolution acknowledging climate change as a threat that should be combated.

Other speakers at Save The River’s conference will address the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 to reverse the harm caused by the current water levels plan for the River, Montreal’s sewage dump this past fall, possible transport of crude oil on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, plastic pollution in our waterways, and the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is open to the public. Registration is $50 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres.  Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by Friday, January 29th by calling (315) 686-2010 or by downloading and submitting the registration form.

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Save The River is searching for our 2016 t-shirt design!

January 18th, 2016 | Posted by Lindsey

blank shirt for contestArtists and designers of all ages and abilities please submit your original design that best captures the essence of Save The River and the excitement of the St. Lawrence River for the next iconic River T-shirt!

The winner will receive a free t-shirt, 2 tickets to Rock for the River 13, as well as recognition for your design in our storefront and in any materials promoting the 2016 Save The River t-shirt.

For official rules visit: http://blog.savetheriver.org/?p=7862

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