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June 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lee
40 Years Ago the St. Lawrence River joined the ranks of waterways abused and assaulted by the vagaries of careless industrial use when 300,000 gallons of petroleum was spilled and spread into its countless bays, backwaters and coves.
The River and the communities that depend on it being healthy have never been the same.
The River faces some of the same challenges now as then, but also new ones as well. NCPR helps us remember the “Slick of 76″ and put it into a perspective for today, when our River has been named as one of the ten most endangered rivers in America for a water levels plan that predates the NEPCO 140 spill by almost 20 years. http://ow.ly/xwf0301xxBt
The “Slick” reminds us all that vigilance in the effort to protect our freshwater is a must.

40 Years Ago the St. Lawrence River joined the ranks of waterways abused and assaulted by the vagaries of careless industrial use when 300,000 gallons of petroleum was spilled and spread into its countless bays, backwaters and coves.

The River and the communities that depend on it being healthy have never been the same.1976 NEPCO 140 Spill A-Bay Cleanup

The River faces some of the same challenges now as then, but also new ones as well. NCPR helps us remember the “Slick of 76″ and put it into a perspective for today, when our River has been named as one of the ten most endangered rivers in America for a water levels plan that predates the NEPCO 140 spill by almost 20 years.

The “Slick” reminds us all that vigilance in the effort to protect our River is a must. Personal action to ensure its health is imperative.

Now the action needed is replacing an outdated water levels plan with a modern one – Plan 2014 – to begin the restoration of the over 64,000 acres of wetlands the River and Lake Ontario have lost, bring back the native species whose populations have been decimated – Northern Pike down 70%, Black Tern down 80% – and give our children and their children the opportunity to know the River our grandparents knew.

Take action – Support Plan 2014.

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Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward

June 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward – Most recent guest blog in American Rivers​ series on the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. http://ow.ly/A1P8301wOo3
“The time to implement Plan 2014 is now. If we wait much longer we may very well reach a point by which we can never recover.”
When it comes to conservation and public policy in New York State, you’d be hard pressed to find someone smarter and more dedicated than Charles Parker, president of the New York State Conservation Council.
In his thoughtful blog post for Save The River, Charles writes on the need for leadership on Plan 2014.
It is time for Governor Andrew Cuomo​, President Obama​, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau​ to support #Plan2014NOW

Leadership Needed to Move Plan 2014 Forward – Most recent guest blog in American Rivers​ series on the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.

Cattail Choked Wetland (by Nature Conservancy)

Cattail Choked Wetland (by Nature Conservancy)

“The time to implement Plan 2014 is now. If we wait much longer we may very well reach a point by which we can never recover.”

When it comes to conservation and public policy in New York State, you’d be hard pressed to find someone smarter and more dedicated than Charles Parker, president of the New York State Conservation Council.

In his thoughtful guest blog post in American Rivers’ series, Charles writes on the need for leadership on Plan 2014.

It is time for Governor Andrew Cuomo​, President Obama​, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau​ to support #Plan2014NOW.

You can show your support by Taking the Plunge! to Support Plan2014NOW

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Riverkeeper Takes the Plunge! to Support #Plan2014Now!

June 20th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Join Us!

Create your own video to show your love for the St. Lawrence River, recently named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, and your support for a modern water levels plan to help heal it. (Instructions here).

Riverkeeper Taking the Plunge

Riverkeeper Taking the Plunge

Take the Plunge! (We did) to Support Plan 2014 Now

Be sure to use #Plan2014Now (where ever you post it). And don’t forget to tag @SaveTheRiver or email us a link so we can see and share your video.

And, have fun!

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Take the Plunge! Support Plan 2014 Now!

June 19th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Please consider creating a video to show your love for the St. Lawrence River which was recently named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. (We posted the first on our YouTube page.)

Below are instructions on the ways you can add your voice. Be sure to use #Plan2014Now and don’t forget to tag @SaveTheRiver or email us a link so we can see and share your video.

And, have fun!

Take the Plunge to Support Plan 2014

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Plan 2014 is Good For Business and Families

June 16th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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Another “on the River” voice for ‪#‎Plan2014Now‬ joins the chorus on the American Rivers blog focusing on the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s most endangered rivers and how, with the stroke of a pen, the U.S. and Canadian governments will begin the restoration of 64,000 acres wetlands, habitat and key species.

Peter Johnston, his family, and Ed Huck Marine know the River well and know the damage from the outdated plan all too well because they are on it everyday and depend on a healthy River.

Read Peter’s full piece here.

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St. Lawrence added to Endangered Rivers List. Here’s Why.

June 14th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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American Rivers’​ next installment – a guest blog from WWF-Canada – focusing on the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s most endangered rivers.

And how, with the stroke of a pen, the U.S. and Canadian governments could begin the restoration of wetlands, habitat and key species, by approving Plan 2014 now.


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Saving the St. Lawrence

June 7th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
It is sad to note the silence from federal and state officials since American Rivers designated the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers this past April. It is time to speak up and make them take note and take action.
The Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper kicks off a month of shining the spotlight on the threat an outdated water management plan poses to wetlands, fish, wildlife and local communities with the first of a series of blogs on the American Rivers website.
Take action at plan2014now.savetheriver.org

It is sad to note the silence from federal and state officials since American Rivers designated the St. Lawrence River as one of America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers this past April. It is time to speak up and make them take note and take action.

The Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper kicks off a month of shining the spotlight on the threat an outdated water management plan poses to wetlands, fish, wildlife and local communities with the first of a series of blogs on the American Rivers website.StLawrence_Napaneegal_5bflickr5d-1-680x303

Take action at Plan 2014 Now.

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This type of advocacy takes resources. If you would like to contribute to our efforts by becoming a member please click here. And keep coming back for updates.

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

May 31st, 2016 | Posted by admin

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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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Congresswoman Stefanik works to remove Bad Ballast Bill tucked Into Defense Authorization Act

May 31st, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and conservation groups around the country are working to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency retains its authority to clean up ballast water discharges.

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As reported by the Watertown Daily Times in a May 27, 2016 story by Brian Molongoski, “Non-defense-related legislation tucked away in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, would remove the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority in regulating ballast water discharge from cargo vessels.” The story was also covered by ABC and other media.


Exempt from the Clean Water Act?

Exempt from the Clean Water Act?

Two weeks ago we asked you to contact your Congressperson to stop this from happening. Many of you responded and Congresswoman Stefanik heard you. And although she did what she could, the “must pass” Defense Authorization Act was approved the House of Representatives with language rolling back Clean Water Act protections from the threat of invasive species in ships’ ballast water that our River, and the Great Lakes now have.

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Your calls made a difference. Ms. Stefanik has vowed to continue to work to remove the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” language from the defense bill.

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Let her know you appreciate her efforts and that you support her work to protect the St. Lawrence River. Call her office at (202) 225-4611 or send an email by going to: https://stefanik.house.gov/contact/email

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This type of advocacy takes resources. If you would like to contribute to our efforts by becoming a member please click here. And keep coming back for updates.

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:  (202) 225-4611
or send an email by going to:  https://stefanik.house.gov/contact/email
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Tell Congress: Do Not Weaken Ballast Water Rules – Keep New Invasives Out of the St. Lawrence River!

May 16th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

After years of struggle the federal government is requiring shippers to take action to clean up their ballast water discharges and stop the introduction of new invasive species.

We on the St. Lawrence River know all too well the scourge of invasive species introduced through the discharge of ballast water into our River and the Great Lakes. Zebra mussels, round goby, eurasian milfoil, and VHS have disrupted the River’s fragile ecosystem, displaced or decimated native species and cost millions each year in eradication efforts and lost economic activity.

Using the clear authority of the Clean Water Act, shippers are finally being required to clean up their act and their ballast water.

But now the House of Representatives is considering a bill that will undo the progress made and once again open the spigot to aquatic invasive species.Ballast Water Discharge

Language that will essentially remove shipping from the requirements of the Clean Water Act has been added to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4909), a bill that is considered a “must pass” piece of legislation.

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) is a tremendous step backward for the River and Great Lakes and opens these great waterbodies to the threat of a new wave of invaders.

We need you to contact your Congress person today and tell them “no rollback of Clean Water Protections from invasive species – no VIDA in HR 4909.

If your Congress person is Elise Stefanik:

call her at:  (202) 225-4611

or send an email by going to:  https://stefanik.house.gov/contact/email

If you vote in a different Congressional District, but love the River and want to protect it from new invasives, you can find contact information for your Congress person here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Suggested script for a call or email. Personalizing it will give it greater impact:

“I urge Congresswoman Stefanik to oppose the inclusion of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act in HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act. Its provisions remove Clean Water Act protections for the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species in ballast water discharges. It is critical to the health of the River and the economy of communities all along it to stop the introduction of new invasive species.”

Please SHARE this with others who also want a healthy St. Lawrence River. Ask them to call their representative in Congress too.

Once you make the call let us know on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NoVIDA.

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