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A Celebration for Future Generations

September 19th, 2019 | Posted by Margaret Hummel

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, friends and family gathered at the Pavilion at Wellesley Island State Park to celebrate the establishment of the Kenneth Deedy Environmental Internship Fund. Attendees reminisced about Ken Deedy and his passion for the Thousand Islands region, and came together as a community in support of this exciting endeavor.

In honor of Ken, the Thousand Islands Land Trust, Save The River and Minna Anthony Common Nature Center have established the Kenneth Deedy Environmental Internship Fund.  As a true endowment, this fund, inspired through his vision, will be used to hire a high school/college student for a summer long internship. Each year, the selected student will have a once-in-a-life opportunity to work for all three organizations, immersing them into the fields of land conservation and stewardship, environmental education, and environmental advocacy.

“The Kenneth Deedy Environmental Internship is an environmentally focused program like no other.  We believe it will have a positive impact on our region and future environmental stewards of this place we all so deeply love” commented Terra Bach, TILT’s Director of Development and Communications.

Before his passing, Ken made the initial gift to establish the Kenneth Deedy Environmental Internship Fund and thanks to the generosity of many supporters and a $50,000 grant made by the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF) nearly $158,500 has now been raised.

Ken was a great friend to many and a life-time supporter of environmental stewardship and education in the Thousand Islands region. It was his vision to create a position that would serve three environmental organizations in the Thousand Islands region.  From the earliest days of the Thousand Islands Land Trust and Save The River’s activities, Ken thought that sharing resources would provide useful staffing help to the organizations as well as offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young person interested in a career in environmental science.

“Ken Deedy was certainly smiling down on our celebration Thursday night; watching his vision for these environmental organizations that he cared so much about come together for such a special common cause.  We look forward to a bright future with Thousand Islands Land Trust and Save The River to help inspire the next generation of nature lover,” commented Matthew Elliott, Board President, Friends of the Nature Center, Inc.

“This new fund will create a collaboration of resources that will encourage, across the generations, an ongoing belief in the importance of thoughtful stewardship,” remarked Rande Richardson, Executive Director of the NNYCF.

If you would like to contribute, gifts may be made in Ken’s honor to the Thousand Islands Land Trust, Save The River, or Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and will be directed to the Fund which is held at the Northern New York Community Foundation.

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How to Make a Gift of Stock

December 18th, 2018 | Posted by Margaret Hummel

Thank you for considering a gift of stock to Save The River. The following instructions will provide you and your broker/financial manager with more information on how to make the gift.

  • Please write a letter to your broker and instruct them that you wish to make a gift of stock to Save The River. Please provide your broker with the following information and specify how many shares of which stock and to which fund you are donating it to. Be sure to have your broker include your name as the donor.
  • RBC Wealth Management – DTC # 0235 Save The River Account # 30951020
  • Please have your broker forward copies of your letter to each of the following so that an appropriate gift acknowledgment can be sent to you:

Mrs. Patti Kittle
RBC Wealth Management
19485 US Route 11
Watertown, NY 13601
Fax: (315) 788-6964


Linda Wright
Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624
Fax: (315) 686-3632

If you need further information on the transaction, please call Patti Kittle at RBC Wealth Management, (315) 788-4200.

Thank you again for supporting Save The River!

Gifts of Stock Instructions – Save The River

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Celebrate World Water Day with Save The River

March 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Margaret Hummel

On March 22 we celebrate Water World Water Day. This year’s #WorldWaterDay focuses on how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

Did you know that an estimated two-thirds of the world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900 as a result of human activity? Wetlands naturally filter toxins and sediments from water and help protect against floods by trapping and slowly releasing surface water, rain, and snowmelt.

Nature-based solutions like restoring wetlands, reconnecting rivers to flood plains, and planting trees to replenish forests are sustainable and cost-effective methods to fight the effects of climate change. The answer is in nature!

At Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper we’re all about a swimmable, drinkable, fishable St. Lawrence now and for generations to come. Join us! Click here to become a member or make a donation today. 

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It’s a big River we all share, . . .

July 15th, 2017 | Posted by Lee

. . . and we at Save The River love our part of it.

Join us however you can in our work to preserve, protect and restore the St. Lawrence River, . . . now and for generations to come.

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#itsourriver #stlawrenceriver

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Still Time! Absolutely Stunning Photos! Amazing Generosity! – UPDATED

April 18th, 2017 | Posted by Lee

There’s still time to: Celebrate #EarthDay; Support Save The River; and get a beautiful signed photograph or two for your wall. David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes are donating 100% of their personal proceeds from the National Geographic Flash Sale of one of their prints to us for our programs.

Great photos! Great gifts! Great programs!

We can’t decide for you, but you have two choices to support our programs and get a beautiful photographic print for yourself.

In recognition of Earth Day, now thru April 22nd Save The River​ will receive 100% of the photographer’s personal proceeds of the sale of David Doubilet’s “Father and Son Fisherman” and / or Jennifer Hayes’ “Harp Seal Pup“, both from National Geographic’s Creative Flash Sale.

Your purchase of either or both of these beautiful prints will support valuable programs that introduce concepts of clean water stewardship to over 1,000 children and hundreds of adults each year along the incomparable St. Lawrence River.

Thanks so much to the photographers​ for this wonderful contribution to our environmental conservation, education and outreach programs.









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Environmental Documentary Featuring St. Lawrence River to Premiere in Clayton

April 17th, 2017 | Posted by Lee


Saturday, April 29th at 4:00pm Save The River is bringing the award-winning documentary “Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers” to the Clayton Opera House for its East Coast premiere.

The film explores the many challenges facing the St. Lawrence River and other North American waterways and highlights several significant restoration and protection efforts underway in the U.S. and Canada. It was produced by MediaLab, an award-winning, applied research and media production program based at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington.

During nearly one year of research and interviews, in addition to the St. Lawrence River region, the MediaLab team traveled to cities across North America. They spoke with citizens, community leaders, elected officials, and a variety of organizations working to protect rivers in their areas. While on the St. Lawrence, they spoke to members of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, researchers at the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, and members of Save The River.

Following the screening the filmmakers, as well as St. Lawrence region experts from New York and Ontario, will hold a discussion with the audience.

The screening, sponsored by Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.00 to support Save The River’s education programs and advocacy efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River.

Watch the trailer for the “Changing Currents” East Coast Premiere


from Jeff Garnsey, Save The River Board President, River guide and a participant in the film

“As a third-generation guide, I have seen firsthand the damage to the River from poor stewardship practices and thoughtless actions,” said Jeff Garnsey, River Guide and Save The River Board President. “But I have seen the positive results of informed, persistent community action. This film is a great examination of both the challenges and the successes in our efforts to restore rivers like the St. Lawrence.”

from a member of the documentary team

“River restoration has come a long way in the last 50 years,” said MediaLab member John Struzenberg, who served as the film’s chief videographer and editor. “What people don’t realize is that there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Click here for more information about the film.

About MediaLab at PLU

MediaLab is an award–winning, applied research and media production organization housed within the Center for Media Studies at Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication. MediaLab students work on projects across the media spectrum, including market research, photography, graphic design, web design, writing, video, public relations, event planning, filmmaking, and more.

The Changing Currents research team members are: Creative Director Rachel Lovrovich; John Struzenberg chief videographer and editor; Christopher Boettcher, social media associate; Kelly Lavelle, publicity, design, and photography; and Joshua Wiersma, assistant editor and videographer. The team was led by Robert Marshall Wells, Ph.D., an associate professor of communication at PLU and the film’s executive producer.

About Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

Since 1978 Save The River, a community-based membership not-for-profit organization, has been the leading environmental organization fighting for the ecological integrity of the St. Lawrence River. Its mission is to preserve, protect and restore the River now, and for generations to come. It delivers educational programs to students and adults about the River, its fragility, and the importance of protecting it. Save The River is committed to being a forceful advocate for policies and programs that promote clean water protections and to resist those that eliminate or weaken them.

Please consider becoming a member of Save The River to support our education programs and advocacy for a healthy St. Lawrence 





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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.























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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