Looking for a simple yet thoughtful gift? Share your love for Save The River with others this holiday season. Keep warm with a Save The River hoodie, t-shirt or blanket. A Wind in the Willows decorative plaque makes a nice addition to any home, cottage, or office. Our children’s book Haas The Great Blue Heron will make a great gift for all River lovers, young or old.
Any of these items are available for purchase from our office in Clayton or over the phone at 315-686-2010.
41 years ago today the Roy A. Jodrey went down off Alexandria Bay after hitting Pullman Shoal. Over the years she has been the source of contamination from slowly leaking oil left in the port side day tank.
In 2002 a major effort was undertaken to remove the remaining oil. The amount removed was far less than what was expected to be on board. Concern over any oil being left to leak comes from fact that one-quart of oil will foul 150,000 – 250,000 gallons of freshwater. However, since the clean up effort no leaking fuel has been observed.
Ironically on the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Jodrey – eleven years ago – the Seaway corporations and shippers decided to re-brand the St. Lawrence River “Highway H2O”. Doing so created a clever marketing tool, but it also reduced one of North America’s most significant waterways to just another piece of infrastructure.
Recent efforts by the Seaway corporations to market the River as a highway for crude oil – both tar sands and Bakken (“bomb train”) crude – require all of us concerned about the health of the River to focus on and fight the threat these cargoes pose to it.
Shipping on the St. Lawrence River has long been an all-risk and no-reward proposition, and the shipment of crude oil will exponentially increase the risk to our environment, our economy and our communities. Having suffered a major oil spill on the St. Lawrence River, we know all too well the risks involved with even traditional cargoes.
As pressure increases to bring these dangerous cargoes to the waters of the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes, we must take steps to protect our River before it’s too late.
Save The River has been fighting to protect the vulnerable natural and human environment on the St. Lawrence River for its entire 37 year history. Join us and support our work on the River by becoming a member today.
It was a wonderful evening. Quiet, calm and perfect for reflection whether you were on, near or miles away from the St. Lawrence. Its power and magic binds us all together – and it always will. We’ll do it again next year, look for the invite and join us with your reflections.
Just a few final thoughts from this year’s non-gala participants:
Thoughts from our members:
I miss the St. Lawrence River! – Jeff M. 11/2/15
We who stay here all year long are the most fortunate. To experience the River during all seasons is a gift. – Lauran & Dan T. 11/2/15
What a splendid way to honor the River. – Carol G. 11/2/15
No deep thoughts. We just plain old miss the River. -Phil & Kate P. 10/26/15
We are Long Island residents who found ourselves in Clayton about 5 or 6 years and enjoyed the River for several lovely summer days. On another car trip we drove halfway out on the Cape’s peninsula before heading to visit friends in New Brunswick- again, some enjoyable River experiences. It’s worth preserving! – Valerie G. 10/26/15
Join us & other River lovers for our River Remembrance Day 2015 Non-Gala
Saturday evening, the seventh of November there will be no dinner, no dancing, no big-name entertainment.
Instead, we invite you to enjoy a quiet evening at home, wherever that may be this time of year, reflecting on the natural beauty of the St. Lawrence River, and we offer you the opportunity to join us in a River Illumination Ceremony.
As River Remembrance Day approaches we will be sharing River quotes as we receive them.
Save The River & Clarkson University Present the Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Clarkson University Student Union
About The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate story-telling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.
This year’s selections will take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, and instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.
CLAYTON — Sometimes, the work you do in college can help your community nearly 20 years down the road. That’s the case with “Haas the Great Blue Heron: The Beginning of an Adventure,” a children’s book in which a father heron eagerly awaits the hatching of his egg near the St. Lawrence River. After a night’s indecision, the father heron names his chick “Haas” after the sound he makes when he is born.
The book was written by Juliane B. Flora in 1994 and completed in 1996, while she was a student at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., but was never published. It was illustrated with artwork by Ms. Flora’s late mother, Diane Bauer.
Stephanie Weiss, who lives near Fishers Landing, assistant director of Save the River, a Clayton nonprofit dedicated to preserving the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area, has been friends with Ms. Flora “since we were little” and thought it was a good time to share her book with the world. She contacted the author to tell her about a grant Save the River offered that was funded by the Northern New York Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council in Watertown.
Save the River sent a grant proposal to the Youth Philanthropy Council asking for funds to publish the book.
The grant was approved in early 2013, and the book was published in August.
“My intention has always been to publish it,” said Ms. Flora of Clayton, originally of Red Hook. “I worked at Fort Drum; with starting a family and a busy work schedule, life just got in the way.”
“It would not have happened without the assistance of the grant,” she said.
When the publishing project was presented to Save the River’s education committee, Heather White, a board member who is a kindergarten teacher at Sherman Elementary School in Watertown, suggested adding informational inserts to the book to help it align with Common Core standards. That way teachers could write lesson plans on it to use in the classroom. It was decided that Mrs. White would add the information to the book.
“This book project was a good fit with Save the River’s In the Schools program. It’s a beautiful story of a heron, and with us adding the nonfiction part, it makes a complete package,” she said.
Mrs. White, whose kids are “sixth-generation on Wellesley Island,” has introduced lessons for her class that correlate with the lessons taught in the book. She also built a full-scale model of a heron’s nest for her students, and some children were surprised to see that the nest was bigger than they were.
“Whenever you can add a hands-on experience to a lesson, it helps the student to understand the material,” Mrs. White said.
Ms. Flora decided to donate all the proceeds from sales of the book to the In the Schools program. Launched in 2009, this program introduced a partnership with local schools that educate students about the St. Lawrence River. The program assists with curriculum development and field-trip support.
Kate Breheny of Clayton, Save the River’s program director, said two schools have purchased sets of the book for their libraries: Watertown’s Sherman Elementary and Guardino Elementary School in Clayton.
“By us having the book in our schools, the students are learning about the heron and the organization,” Ms. Breheny said. She said selling the book through Amazon has enabled the nonprofit to reach an “international audience.”
The book was published through CreateSpace, an Amazon company that allows people to self-publish their work online.
Between online sales and school sales, the book has sold 380 to 400 copies, with more sales expected as more people become aware of it.
Ms. Flora plans to write two more books about Haas and hopes to use more original illustrations by her late mother for “The Stormy Adventure” and by Ms. Weiss for “How a Heron Hunts.”
The book can be purchased either at Save the River or Amazon for $10.
The Thousand Islands Arts Center and Save The River partner to present Chris Murray Photography from June 18th – July 5th at the Arts Center.
From this morning’s Watertown Daily Times editorial page:
“This weekend, Save the River will hold its annual winter meeting . . . As the conference attendees listen to the panels and enjoy the raw frozen beauty of the St. Lawrence in midwinter from a first-class hotel, it is time to send a strong message to Washington. The International Joint Commission’s lake level plan must be adopted . . . Save the River should remind U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand about the importance of this work to New York.”
We do and with over 5,000 members and followers, we think it is a message they should listen to.
And while our advocacy agenda may not embrace every item the editors of the Watertown Daily Times suggests, we agree 110% on the need for:
- Plan 2014 – a modern water levels plan;
- full, vigorous and critical discussion of the transport of tar sands and other heavy oil and toxic chemicals on the River and through its watershed;
- full implementation and tightening of the ballast water rules to protect against further introduction of invasive species, including the physical separation of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins to prevent the introduction of Asian Carp; and
- full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
We have come to far in our joint effort with communities up and down the River it the US and Canada to restore our great River to back down now.