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Budget Blunder? Absolutely Right!

March 13th, 2017 | Posted by Lee

Watertown Daily Times calls President Trump’s approach on vital Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River programs a, “Budget blunder.” And they are absolutely right!

In a March 11th editorial the Watertown Daily Times called out the President for his proposal to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and his intention to “wrench most of this from the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative”.

The Times had reported the day before “Mr. Trump’s proposed 2018 budget request calls for funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to fall from $300 million to $10 million, a 97 percent reduction. Reuters reported the Environmental Protection Agency’s overall budget will be cut about 25 percent.”

This is simply outrageous.

As the Times editorial points out, “[t]o date, the GLRI [Great Lakes Restoration Initiative] has invested more than $2.2 billion in restoration projects in the Great Lakes.” In an earlier story the Times noted, “the GLRI provides funding for thousands of projects pertaining to wetlands restoration, combating invasive species and cleaning up toxins in the Great Lakes and along their shores.”

The GLRI has received bipartisan support in Congress since its inception. It is a keystone in the nation’s commitment to restore the health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River; the largest freshwater system on earth, drinking water supply to millions and a recreational mecca that draws visitors from all over the world.

GLRI funded projects have certainly benefitted the environment of the communities where they are located. But these projects have also supported the economy of those communities with the direct and indirect jobs they have created and by the increased commercial and recreational use of the waters they have restored.

Save The River wholeheartedly agrees with the Times’ conclusion that, “Mr. Trump cannot be allowed to finance his plans at the expense of the health of the Great Lakes”.

And, while we are fortunate on the St. Lawrence River that Congresswoman Stefanik and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand support the GLRI, we know that restoration of these draconian cuts will not be easy to reverse and the effort will take more than the support of our local representatives.

For these reasons Save The River is committed to working with groups from all of the Great Lakes states to stop the President’s plan to slash the EPA and GLRI funding. You can help two ways:

  • Call your representatives at (202) 224-3121:
    • If they support full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; say “Thanks”. Positive messages work to shore up support.
    • If they don’t support the GLRI; Tell them why it is important to you that they do. Personal stories help them understand how these programs impact real people.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in New York State by the numbers:

 

Read the full Watertown Daily Times editorial and stories at these links:

 

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Thank You to the Sponsors of the 28th Winter Conference

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.

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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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Winter Raffle Drawing Soon!

January 28th, 2017 | Posted by Lee

Drawing is only one month away – February 28th.

Don’t miss out! For tickets, click here.

 

Tickets on sale now and available by clicking here.

Drawing February 28, 2017. Good Luck!

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Winter Raffle; “The Watcher” by Sherman Ward

December 31st, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Tickets on sale now and available by clicking here.

Drawing February 28, 2017. Good Luck!

 

 

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Success! Plan 2014 Enacted!

December 9th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Success!

After almost 20 years of effort the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario have a new, modern water levels plan.

success-plan-2014-enacted-square-1Today the International Joint Commission announced that Plan 2014 will be implemented, returning more natural levels and flows to the River.

Replacing the current, more than 50-year-old plan, will begin the restoration of critical wetland habitat. The tourism economy of the River communities, dependent as it is on a healthy River ecosystem, will also see significant benefits.

Save The River has advocated for a modern water levels plan for the River for decades and we continued our efforts with others this year following American River’s designation of the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. But the announcement today could not have happened without our members and followers, the thousands of individuals who love the Lake and River and the other conservation, environmental and sportsmen organizations, businesses, governments, and elected officials who have demanded real change and action.

We commend the IJC, and the U.S. and Canadian governments and are proud of the role Save The River, its members, followers and partners, played in seeing Plan 2014 enacted.

plan-2014-appealThe benefits of Plan 2014 include: a 40%, increase in wet meadow acreage; a 39% rebound in populations of Northern Pike, the top fish predator in coastal marshes; a 16% rebound in Black Tern populations, a state listed endangered species; a $9.1 annual increase in recreational activity along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario; a frequently longer recreational boating season; and will continue over 50 years of significant shoreline protection.

Save The River is committed to seeing that the improvements in River health envisioned in Plan 2014 are realized. And while the new plan is a significant step to restoring the River, it is just a piece of our mission to preserve, protect and restore the St. Lawrence River to ensure it is passed on undiminished for future generations to share; providing safe drinking water, is a home to a thriving range of indigenous species and supporting sustainable economic activity.

Click here for our press release on the enactment of Plan 2014.

Click here for links to Plan 2014 support efforts in 2016.

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Join Us

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.Value

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.

Click here.

Thank you.

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Don’t Miss Out! Enter to Win a Sit-on-Top Angler Kayak

August 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Lee

2016 Summer Raffle Image (for inside plus)

Save The River is raffling an Ascend® FS12T sit-on-top angler kayak generously donated by Bass Pro Shops, Utica, New York.

Click Here to get to a printable entry form. Just fill out all the contact information and return it with your payment to:

Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

We will fill out the tickets so you too can be entered to win. Drawing to be held September 6th, 2016.

Proceeds will benefit our work to enact a modern water levels plan – Plan 2014 – and remove the St. Lawrence River from the list of America’s most endangered rivers. For more information & to take personal action visit: plan2014now.savetheriver.org

Good Luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!

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Win a Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak in Save The River’s Summer Raffle

May 31st, 2016 | Posted by admin

2016 Summer Raffle Image

Save The River is raffling an Ascend® FS12T sit-on-top angler kayak generously donated by Bass Pro Shops, Utica, New York.
It’s easy to enter – fill out & mail the attached card, include your payment & raffle tickets with your name and phone number printed on the back of each one. The drawing will take place September 6, 2016.
Proceeds will benefit our work to enact a modern water levels plan – Plan 2014 – and remove the St. Lawrence River from the list of America’s most endangered rivers. For more information & to take personal action visit: plan2014now.savetheriver.org
Good Luck and Thank you for Supporting Save The River!

Save The River is raffling an Ascend® FS12T sit-on-top angler kayak generously donated by Bass Pro Shops, Utica, New York.

Proceeds will benefit our work to enact a modern water levels plan – Plan 2014 – and remove the St. Lawrence River from the list of America’s most endangered rivers. For more information & to take personal action visit: plan2014now.savetheriver.org

Click Here to get to a printable entry form. Just fill out all the contact information and return it with your payment to:

Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

We will fill out the tickets so you too can be entered to win. Drawing to be held September 6th, 2016.

Good Luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!

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New Canadian Member Random Bonus

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!

Canadian Member Bonus

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Thank You!

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.
Picture1 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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