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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Releases Report on Microbeads

April 21st, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a first-of-its-kind report demonstrating that microbeads are systematically passing through wastewater treatment plants across New York State and entering bodies of water.

The study, conducted by the Attorney General’s office with the help of Dr. Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, examined samples provided by 34 municipal and private treatment plants across the state. The study, Discharging Microbeads to Our Waters: An Examination of Wastewater Treatment Plants in New York, detected microbeads in 74% of the samples, across plants of various sizes, treatment types, and locations. The report is accompanied by five fact sheets detailing regional findings in Western New YorkCentral New York, the Mid-HudsonNorthern New York and Downstate.

The Attorney General’s Microbead-Free Waters Act (S3932-2015, A5896-2015) would prohibit the distribution and sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads less than 5 millimeters in size. The bill has been greeted by widespread expressions of support from the environmental advocacy, scientific and sport fishing communities across New York State.

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Thousand Islands shipping halted after sugar freighter runs aground

April 21st, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Published by the Watertown Daily Time on April 21, 2015

“Shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway has been halted after a freighter carrying sugar ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge early Monday.

Lt. Brian T. Hillman, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard based in Buffalo, said the 621-foot-long freighter, named Juno, called for help about 1 a.m. Monday. No cargo or fuel was spilled into the waterway, he said, and no crew injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard said Monday evening the vessel was listing slightly to port with 18 feet of water in the forward peak of the vessel.

The ship, flagged in the Bahamas, was heading toward Toronto. It is owned and operated by Polska Zeg Luga Morska, P.P., a subsidiary of the O’Brien’s Group. The pilot was fully licensed.

Lt. Hillman said Coast Guard and company crews are investigating the cause of the stoppage, assessing damage to the vessel as they wait for a salvage team that is en route.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi A. Read, based in Cleveland, said three ships were stopped because of the Juno’s grounding.

He said the Juno might not be able to leave the area until Wednesday, and the crew will stay on board the freighter in the interim.

Monday afternoon, environmental group Save the River noted the Juno was the second grounding of the just-launched season, and criticized the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. for listing the waterway as “Highway H2O.”

“If the shippers want to share the use of this river with the rest of us, they must exhibit their ability to do it safely,” D. Lee Willbanks, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. “Too much is at stake for the environment and our communities who rely on a healthy river.”

On April 3, the bulk carrier CWB Marquis went aground near Beauharnois, Quebec, Canada, after hitting a large ice floe.”

From WWNY Channel 7 News: Ship Aground Near TI Bridge

April 20th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Kelly Martelle Juno aground

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed to commercial traffic after a freighter ran aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay early Monday morning.

It happened just after 1 a.m.
The Juno is registered in the Bahamas and is carrying a load of sugar.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mark Weidman tells 7 News nothing was spilled and there has been no environmental damage.

Coast Guard and Seaway inspectors are on board.”…/Ship-Aground-Near-TI-Bridge-3006316…

We’ll keep you updated on the status of the Juno as we learn more.

Photo Credit: Kelly Martelle

TI High School’s SAFE Club supports Ban the Beads campaign

April 15th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

TIHS Microbeads TI Sun

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Save The River Opposes Pre-Season Catch & Release

April 8th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on allowing pre-season catch and release of bass in eastern Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Currently this practice is not allowed.

The bass fishery on the St. Lawrence River needs your help!
Act today: Write to the DEC opposing the proposed regulation changes by April 15th, 2015.
Comments can be submitted to Frank Flack

or mailed to

Frank Flack, Fisheries Manager, R6
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Let the DEC know why you oppose the proposed catch & release season for bass. Every letter counts!

Points to make:

  • The bass population is still declining
  • Bass and eggs are too vulnerable during their spawning period
  • Round gobies are present and pose a significicant threat to bass nest
  • Nest success may declie 50-70% with angling on the guarding males
  • The potential damage to the already low bass population could cause irreverible damage to our world class fishery


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Save The River has worked for over 36 years to restore and protect the health of the St. Lawrence River, and, as the Riverkeeper, to make certain it is swimmable, fishable and drinkable now and for the future. For the health of the bass fishery, the professional, amateur and casual angler, and for the economic health of the communities that line the River and depend on its health, we oppose pre-season catch and release for bass.

Bass populations in the River and eastern Lake Ontario have steadily declined since the late 1980s and recent assessment information from New York and Ontario suggests that bass populations are, at best, stable, and, at worse, still declining. Studies also show that bass growing faster and getting bigger by a given age, but that there may be fewer of them in older age classes.  This means that some bass are reaching the legal size limit before they have a chance to reproduce and help grow the population.

The catch and release season under consideration for bass in the St. Lawrence River or eastern Lake Ontario will occur during the time when males are protecting eggs and fry. This will create a situation where they are being pulled off the nest at the critical stage when they must aggressively defend their nests from predators such as gobies.

Studies have shown that gobies consume an average of 2,000 eggs per nest from the nests of Smallmouth Bass when the guarding male is removed. With estimates of billions of gobies in the nearshore areas of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, they have become serious egg predators for a number of resident species, including smallmouth bass.

Be sure to let the DEC know by April 15th that we need to protect the bass fishery.

Every day is World Water Day

March 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Great Lakes St Lawrence River from space

All citizens of the world should have access to swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.  And we, along with local, regional, national & international partners are working to restore, protect and preserve the St. Lawrence River, part of the greatest freshwater system on Earth, now and for future generations. Every day is #WorldWaterDay

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Partners with WWF-Canada to implement Plan 2014

March 21st, 2015 | Posted by Lee

As we continue celebrating Canada Water Week by highlighting some of our many partnerships and collaborative efforts with Canadian organizations, it is important to acknowledge and salute WWF-Canada.Pretty Pic

We have worked with WWF-Canada for many years to implement Plan 2014 – the modern plan that will return more natural levels and flows and create a more resilient ecosystem on St. Lawrence River.

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St. Lawrence River Institute-Research for Protection and Rehabilitation of the River

March 20th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Engaged with St. Lawrence River Institute whose “goal is to set a whole new standard for environmental science: to identify and undertake vital research for protection and rehabilitation of the St. Lawrence River and other freshwater systems; to inspire and motivate young people to get involved in environmental issues; and to provide our community with the information they need to become responsible stewards of our environment.”

Celebrating Canada Water Week and the River we share and love.


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Save The River partners with the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative

March 19th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

10462756_10153180434217710_3143686747297304734_nSave The River partners with the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative(A2A), now a true multi-national organization, to preserve land and water migratory paths to connect lands and people across the Algonquin to Adirondacks region, to enhance a critical link for biodiversity and resilience in eastern North America.

With the Upper St. Lawrence River the exclamation mark between the two most significant biological reserves in eastern North America, our’s is a natural partnership, with the Riverkeeper serving on the A2A board of directors.

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Our great partners in restoring, preserving and protecting the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

March 19th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Doubling Down on Disaster (1)

We’re observing Canada Water Week all week highlighting some of our great partners in restoring, preserving and protecting the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Events are moving rapidly to establish the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River as a carbon corridor for a newly aggressive North American energy industry. This poses the greatest threat yet to these waters. One oil tanker can carry the equivalent product of 225 rail cars or 870 trucks. If a ship carrying oil on the River was involved in an incident, a spill might not be the worse that could happen. In any case the end results would be devastating and the damage unimaginable.

So pleased to partner with the The Council of Canadians and other strong Canadian and U.S. groups to oppose unsafe shipment of volatile and toxic oil on the River.

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