March 16th, 2017 | Posted by Lee
Seriously?! NO Great Lakes Restoration funding, ZERO!
Page 42 of President’s budget plan released today “Eliminates funding for…Great Lakes Restoration Initiative”. This program has received bipartisan support in every budget since its inception in 2010. Over $130,000,000 has come to New York State to improve wetlands, fish habitat, invasive species detection and prevention, pollution abatement and other important projects that have created direct and indirect jobs, improving our environment and our economy. Over $6.4 million has been spent directly in the St. Lawrence River watershed.
Zero it out? Seriously. Decidedly. Outrageous!
It is just one part of the budget’s assault on programs that protect the water we depend on for our world-class fisheries, to sustain our recreation and tourism based economy, AND to drink!
Among many other programs cut or zeroed out is a Department of Agriculture program that assists communities with fewer than 10,000 people with water and sewer infrastructure.
It’s hard to imagine describing the St. Lawrence River as “great” if the water is no longer swimmable, fishable, or drinkable.
The President’s budget plan is chock full of disappointments for anyone who has benefitted from the last half century of progress the United States has made in air and water quality and human health.
Common sense tells us we have more to do to make sure every American has access to clean air and water, both basic human rights.
Instead for Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and our members and supporters, this budget is nothing less than a full on assault on the health of one of North America’s most important waterways and the people and communities that depend on it being and staying healthy.
Call the Congressional switchboard, (202) 224-3121, to connect with your Senators & Representative with the simple message “I support clean water programs – GLRI, revolving loan funds, & EPA”. Then call White House with same message (202) 456-1414 or (202) 456-1111.
Please also consider becoming a member of Save The River to strengthen our ability to fight for a healthy St. Lawrence River, now and for generations to come. Add your voice to thousands of others working to preserve, protect and restore one of the great rivers in North America.
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February 4th, 2017 | Posted by Lee
Thank You to the Sponsors of the 28th Winter Conference
Our Winter Conference Sponsors help make the conference a regionally significant event that promotes understanding of the health of the River and the need for greater stewardship to protect it.
We thank all our sponsors for their support of our conference and our work to preserve, protect and restore the St. Lawrence River. Click here if you would like your business to support a healthy St. Lawrence River by supporting our annual Winter Environmental Conference.
Our 29th Winter Environmental Conference will be February 3, 2018. Click here for updates.
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October 9th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Join us in our work to protect, preserve and restore the St. Lawrence River now and for future generations.
We do this by educating children about the River, and how to live with and sustain it and the creatures that depend on it being healthy. And we work for policies that will protect it from invasive species, toxic chemicals and untreated waste dumping, microplastics and an outdated dam management plan that has decimated tens of thousands of acres of wetlands and species.
But to do it well and to reach even more children and adults and bring about meaningful policy change we need a community of members that is large, vocal and supportive.
We need you! Please join Save The River today and become a partner in our effort to pass on a healthy St. Lawrence River for generations to share.
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March 11th, 2016 | Posted by admin
Join Save The River and enter a random bonus drawing for an Akona Vibe package with paddle & leash with a $999 retail price from Ed Huck Marine.
All new Canadian members who join or renew between August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016 are automatically eligible.
Become a member today!
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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 Alliance, Thousand Islands Land Trust, Indian River Lakes Conservancy, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center – Friends, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, IJC – International Joint Commission, Audubon New York, Ducks Unlimited, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, WWF-Canada, SUNY-ESF, Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative, Clarkson University, Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, Antique Boat Museum, The Nature Conservancy in New York, Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Thousand Islands Tourism Council, Aquatarium, 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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January 6th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Thank you for such a great start to the New Year!
In December the Pure Blue Fund generously offered to match year end contributions, and new and renewing memberships in Save The River.
It is so nice to report that we met their challenge and exceeded it!
It means a super start to the New Year and for our continuing efforts to restore, preserve and protect the St. Lawrence by keeping crude oil, invasive species, microbeads and untreated sewage away from the River.
We can start 2016 buoyed by an outpouring of support for our work to promote healthy fisheries, thriving wildlife and wetlands habitat, and abundant clean water for swimming, fishing and drinking for generations to come.
The $8,000 pledged by the Pure Blue Fund was matched by over $13,000 from almost 100 contributions and memberships, many of them new from new members.
Once again we are moved by the community-based, grassroots support for a healthy St. Lawrence. And we are proud and humbled to be the voice of that support.
Of course, the issues (and the need for resources to address them) don’t stop. So if you missed the Pure Blue challenge, you can still support Save The River’s work by:
making a contribution (click here)
becoming a member of Save The River or renewing your existing membership (click here)
If you prefer you can always mail your contribution or membership. Just click here for a printable form.
Thank you all so very much.
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January 5th, 2016 | Posted by admin
Calling all River Artists! Save The River is searching for next year’s t-shirt design and we want it from you, our members.
Artists 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 click here.
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December 27th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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December 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Thank you so much and have a great Holiday Season!
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December 8th, 2015 | Posted by admin
Bring a little piece of your favorite place home with the ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River 2015 Limited Edition Print.
Created exclusively in collaboration with Save The River, The ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River 2015 by Karyn Burns ABC’s includes special letters and drawings reflecting some of the important features and areas of importance to Save The River’s efforts.
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