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Save The River Supports the Microbead-Free Waters Act

February 25th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Save The River applauds Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for reintroducing the Microbead-Free Waters Act again putting New York State in line to lead the effort to stop the use of microbeads in consumer products.

These tiny man-made plastic particles found in many over the counter consumer products, like exfoliants and toothpaste, attract and accumulate toxins from our waterways that are then transferred to fish and potentially humans. Research has shown there are surprising concentrations of microbeads in each of the Great Lakes, with very high levels in the New York waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

“The St. Lawrence River has some of the highest concentrations of microbead pollution of any of New York’s waterways,” said Lee Willbanks, Executive Director of Save The River. “Save The River supports the Microbeads-Free Waters Act as the most effective way to remove this bio-accumulating threat to the health of the river and the species and communities that depend on it. Its quick passage into law will set the example for other Great Lakes states to follow.”

Attendees at Save The River’s 2014 Winter Environmental Conference, held last February, heard from Dr. Sherri Mason, a SUNY Fredonia researcher whose groundbreaking work was instrumental in bringing this emerging threat to light. At its most recent Winter Environmental Conference attendees received an update from the office of the NYS Attorney General.

Save The River and environmental groups around the state are supporting the Microbeads-Free Waters Act and hope that the ban on products containing these harmful pollutants will be approved this year.

“I commend the Attorney General for taking action and introducing the Microbead-Free Waters Act. Over the past three summers, we have been sampling the Great Lakes to more thoroughly understand the scope of plastic pollution in freshwater systems,” said Dr. Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia. “Our results have confirmed that high concentrations of microbeads were collected in New York’s waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and that these beads are making their way through the wastewater treatment plant process. The proposed bill will strike at the source of this serious problem.”

“As part of the larger effort to reduce plastic pollution and marine debris in the Great Lakes, the Alliance for the Great Lakes applauds the Office of the Attorney General in New York for putting forth this legislation,” said Alliance for the Great Lakes President and CEO Joel Brammeier. “With many readily available alternatives, microbeads in personal care products are unnecessary and do not belong in our Great Lakes.”

Brian Smith, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), said, “Plastic microbeads accumulate toxic chemicals and are consumed by fish and wildlife. These contaminants are unnecessarily polluting New York’s treasured waters and threatening public health. Having a pretty face doesn’t have to mean polluted water—safe alternatives to plastic are already on the market. CCE commends Attorney General Schneiderman for his leadership to protect the health of all New York waters by proactively addressing this emerging threat.”

Consumers can do their part by not using products that contain microbeads to help eliminate them from entering into waterways.  Products that list polyethylene or polypropylene as ingredients should be avoided. More information on products containing microbeads can be found at: http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/en/in-short

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Its National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 24th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

Something We on the River Know Too Much About

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is this week, February 23rd-28th. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and cause significant negative impact to our nation and the River region’s economy.

Invasive species have always been a threat to the River. To-date 186 invasive species have been documented in the Great Lakes and River.  Almost 60 aquaticAsian Carp invasive species have been introduced by way of ballast water since opening the Lakes and River to ocean-going ships. The resulting harm to indigenous species has cost many millions of dollars in control and mitigation efforts.

Even with increased regulations commercial shipping still poses a threat and opens the door for new invasive species to enter the River.  The threat of Asian Carp as has been an imminent danger to the Great Lakes and River. Other threats include the live trade of exotic plants and animals and the transport of recreational boats and equipment from one waterbody to another without proper cleaning – an all too common practice that poses a threat to all waters when owners use their boats in different locations.

Last year New York State took a step forward to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and to protect our waters. Beginning August 2015 all boats and floating docks launched in New York State must be clean of plant or animal matter. The intent of the new law is to prevent the spread of invasive species from one waterbody to another.

Cleaning your boat and trailer between waterbodies has long been a best practice to stop the spread of invasives. We hope that the state will follow up with extensive public outreach and education. Voluntary compliance is always preferable to enforcement.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is developing new regulations that will more clearly define how boaters must clean their vessels before entering the water. For a step-by-step guide on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html.

For more information on DEC boating regulations visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/349.html.

For more information about invasive species click here.

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Cost of an Oil Spill Too High

February 20th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

The clean up cost of oil spills has come into question as more crude oil is being transported across the US and Canada. With recent train derailments causing oil spills and explosions, the damage that can be caused by oil transport is becoming more apparent.

Monday February 16th a train carrying 3 millions gallons of Bakken crude oil derailed in West Virginia. The train consisted of 109 tanker cars, 26 of which had been derailed. Of the 26 derailed cars, all of which were built to new higher standards following the tragic Lac Megantic derailment, 19 were involved in a fire that was still ablaze on Wednesday, two days after the initial crash. Crude oil was also spilled into the Kanawha River. Several 100 people were left without drinking water and with winter weather impacting the area a timely response for clean up was not an option.

The risk of an oil spill on the St. Lawrence River is an emerging threat as companies seek ways to transport the hug buildup of Bakken and tar sands oil. 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.

The Council of Canadians and Équiterre have issued a new report that make it clear that an oil spill in Lac Saint-Pierre on the St. Lawrence River, where tar sands oil has already been shipped, would cost billions to clean up – far more than the liability limit in Canada.

The environmental impact would be devastating to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve recognized as a wetland of international importance. Lac Saint-Pierre is a drinking water source and home to 27 species of rare plants, 79 species of fish, and 288 species of waterfowl. Although down river from Montreal, it stands as a chilling illustration of what could happen on some of the most difficult to navigate sections of the St. Lawrence between Kingston – Cape Vincent and the Seaway locks at Massena.

“Lac Saint-Pierre is a treasure and a wonder in the area. One oil spill could be the death of it all for future generations,” says Steven Guilbeault of Équiterre. “Given the high environmental price of a spill, diluted bitumen shipments should not be permitted on the St. Lawrence River.”

Shipments of diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands are expected to increase as oil giant Suncor and pipeline company TransCanada ramp up exports from ports on the St. Lawrence River. Bitumen from the tar sands is extremely difficult to contain and clean up when spilled on water as it tends to sink to the bottom.

The study also reports that in the event of an oil spill, emergency response would be limited by ice conditions and inadequate capacity of the small private company responsible for oil spill cleanup on the St. Lawrence. Under normal conditions, a spill could travel the length of Lac Saint-Pierre in eight hours – far quicker than a response can be mounted.

“We should be reducing the amount of oil shipped on the St. Lawrence, not increasing it,” says Mark Calzavara of the Council of Canadians. “Doubling the number of supertankers and doubling their size means that a disastrous oil spill is just a matter of time.”

The report recommends reducing the allowable ship size and number of exports, increasing emergency response capacity, removing the liability limit, and making the exporting company jointly responsible for damages.

The report is available at: http://www.canadians.org/LacStPierre

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Thousand Islands Regional Assessment-Report Now Available

February 19th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey
The Upper St. Lawrence River is home to some of the most beautiful and unique vistas of any waterway in the world. And while Save The River’s focus remains on ensuring the health of the River and its watershed, we appreciate that the beauty of the area is key to what many visitors and full and part time residents appreciate and value.
For over a year a diverse group of area organizations, governments and citizens, Save The River among them, has worked to create the most comprehensive assessment of the Thousand Islands region that has been done to date. The draft report – the “Thousand Islands Regional Assessment” – is now complete and available for review by anyone interested.
An informational public meeting on the draft report will be held Monday April 13 in the town of Cape Vincent (specific location to be determined).
We encourage anyone who has an interest in the future of the River region to read the report and participate in the public discussion of its implications, uses and how their community should proceed.
You can view the report here: http://ow.ly/Jlhxy

The Upper St. Lawrence River is home to some of the most beautiful and unique vistas of any waterway in the world. And while Save The River’s focus remains on ensuring the health of the River and its watershed, we appreciate that the beauty of the area is key to what many visitors and full and part time residents appreciate and value.

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For over a year a diverse group of area organizations, governments and citizens, Save The River among them, has worked to create the most comprehensive assessment of the Thousand Islands region that has been done to date. The draft report – the “Thousand Islands Regional Assessment” – is now complete and available for review by anyone interested.

An informational public meeting on the draft report will be held Monday April 13 in the town of Cape Vincent (specific location to be determined).

We encourage anyone who has an interest in the future of the River region to read the report and participate in the public discussion of its implications, uses and how their community should proceed.

You can view the report here: http://ow.ly/Jlhxy

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Tell Governor Cuomo: SUPPORT FISHING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER!

February 17th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

SUPPORT PLAN 2014!

The Governor Gets It:

He is a life-long and avid angler. He knows healthy fisheries are important to communities along the St. Lawrence. In Waddington in 2013, he described fishing as “real jobs, it’s real economic development.

We Get It:

We ALL love the St. Lawrence River, and we all know someone who loves to fish on it. We know that over 50 years of destructive water levels management has decimated native Northern Pike populations by over 70% among a host of other very negative impacts. We also know Plan 2014 is one sure-fire way to keep fishing alive on the River for generations to come.


cuomo fishing1 Plan 2014 is a modern water levels plan that will restore 64,000 acres of severely degraded wetlands. Restoring the vital functions they provide like critical fish habitat, and bolstering our recreation and tourism-based economy in the process.

We need the Governor to support our fisheries by supporting Plan 2014:

Our federal government is considering Plan 2014 now, but a key voice is missing - our Governor’s.

Let the Governor know you support Plan 2014 and that he should too:

Since Plan 2014 was formally proposed 8 months ago many of you, along with thousands of others, have spoken out in favor of the Plan, sending emails, letters, telegrams, and signing petitions.

NOW is the time for the Governor to speak out in favor of Plan 2014.

PLEASE CALL Governor Cuomo today and tell him you support Plan 2014 to restore fishing and the tourism economy along the St. Lawrence River.

Call: 1-518-474-8390, the Governor’s office phone number

Suggested Script:

“I am calling to urge Governor Cuomo to endorse Plan 2014 for better water levels management on the St. Lawrence River. I support the Governor’s environmental record and this will be a key addition. Plan 2014 will restore our fisheries, restore our wetlands and restore our River dependent economy. He must take this opportunity to leave our children the River they deserve, and restore the River region’s tourism economy.”


Please SHARE this with others who also want a healthy St. Lawrence River. Ask them to call the Governor too.

Once you make the call let us know on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SupportPlan2014.

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2015 Summer Internship Positions Available

February 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lindsey

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Interested in working at Save The River this summer? We are looking for qualified candidates to work at Save The River this summer from mid May through Labor Day. We are currently accepting applications and interviews will begin in early April. Resumes can be sent to Kate Breheny, Program Manager at Kate@savetheriver.org

For how to apply click here.

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Save The River’s Winter Conference Draws Record Attendance

February 12th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Topics Discussed Ranged from Emerging Threats to Ongoing Opportunities

[Clayton]-Save The River hosted its 26th annual Winter Environmental Conference Saturday, February 7th at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. A record 170 community members including elected officials, researchers, year-round and part-time residents and others interested in the health of the River from the US and Canada came together to hear about the threat of oil shipments, the status of Plan 2014, efforts to restore the American Eel and Save The River’s educational programs among several other topics.

Board president, William Grater, opened the event welcoming the record audience to the conference which he described a having a little bit of everything for the River-loving public from science, to advocacy, art to adventure. Executive director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, Lee Willbanks, followed highlighting a theme he returned to throughout the conference of “engagement, partnership and collaboration”.

“Save The River must engage on a wide range of issues because the St. Lawrence River is not an isolated waterbody, it is part of the largest freshwater system on earth”, said Mr. Willbanks. “In order for us to be effective we have formed partnerships with other organizations concerned with protecting freshwater. We are fortunate to be collaborating with agencies, and other not-for-profits and individuals throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region to deliver a strong message for swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.”

As clear evidence of that engagement, partnership and collaboration, and new to the conference were many displays and information tables from organizations and businesses Save The River works with or is sponsored by. The space outside the main conference room was filled with displays from area land trusts, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the International Joint Commission, A2A Collaborative and highlighting Save The River programs, among others.

The conference started with a panel discussion focused on the implications of transporting crude oil on and near the St. Lawrence River. Speaking first was Kushan Dave, graduate student at Cornell University, who presented on the risks and impacts of different modes of oil transport in the Great Lakes Region. Council of Canadians National Water Campaigner, Emma Lui presented on the risks of tar sands tankers and extreme energy in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

TJ Mangoni, District Response Advisory Team Supervisor for the Ninth Coast Guard District walked the attendees through an update on how the Coast Guard is planning and preparing for the potential risks associated with the transport of toxic cargoes like tar sands. Rounding out the panel was Gary McCullouch, spill engineer for Region 6 of the NYS DEC, who spoke about effective responses to an oil spill, stressing that speed is necessary for spill response to be successful. He also shared that the River’s experience with the Nepco spill in 1976 and other recent spills has highlighted the need for a greater focus on safety, cooperation and strategies for a comprehensive clean up in the event of a spill.

From the questions poised by the audience, it is clear there is a great concern for the safety of the River if tar sands are shipped on it and that there is a need for much more information and dialogue.

Following the discussion of tar sands oil shipments were aerial photographs taken by artists Alex MacLean and Louis Helbig of the areas in Alberta where the oil is being extracted. Both MacLean and Helbig also highlighted the need for a much broader discussion of the risks and rewards of developing extreme energy.

U.S. Commissioner Dereth Glance with the International Joint Commission updated attendees on the range of activities the IJC is engaged in to protect freshwater along the US and Canadian border. Commissioner Glance also spoke about the status of Plan 2014 and the continuing negative consequences to the Lake and River if Plan 2014 is not implemented. Responding to audience questions, both she and Willbanks stressed the need for members of the public to communicate their support for Plan 2014 to their elected and appointed officials.

Jen Nalbone, environmental scientist in the Buffalo Office of the NYS Attorney General updated the conference on an issue Save The River introduced at its last conference, microbeads. Research continues to show very high concentrations of microbeads in the St. Lawrence River. There is also research indicating this plastic pollution attracts and accumulates toxins from the water that can then be transferred to fish and potentially humans. The Attorney General will again be introducing the “The Microbead-Free Waters Act” with the hope that the New York legislation will pass this most restrictive ban in the nation this year. Willbanks noted that Save The River is prepared to actively support the bill when it is introduced.

Rounding out the afternoon was a scientific and educational group of presenters, beginning with Matt Windle from the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences who introduced many in the audience to the amazing life cycle of the iconic and culturally significant American Eel. He highlighted their current endangered status and current efforts to aid in the recovery of the once thriving River fish.

STR WEC Crowd Photo

President Simon Fuller of the not-for-profit Bytown Brigantine, Inc. spoke about adventures offered aboard their tall ship the Fair Jeanne. Save The River has frequently offered its Riverkeeper Monitoring program on the Fair Jeanne, which is a training vessel for students to learn sailing techniques, cooperation and leadership skills and a love for the River.

Closing the day was a three-part presentation focused on Save The River’s very successful and popular In the Schools and On the Water programs and the experiences of Mary Bowman, one of the program teachers on the research ship, Lake Guardian on Lake Erie in 2014. Heather White updated the audience about the organizations self-published children’s book, Haas, The Great Blue Heron. And finally, Kathy Morris an educational consultant to Save The River closed the conference returning to the theme of engagement, partnership and collaboration as being key to the success of Save The River’s educational programs.

Photo Credit: Sarah Ellen Smith

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Can Alberta Sands oil be safely shipped on the St. Lawrence?

February 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

By Julia Botero                                                                                                                                         Published on February 10, 2015 by North Country Public Radio

Crude oil from the Midwest is moved by pipeline and rail across the United States and through parts of New York’s North Country. Some companies are interested in shipping oil to East Coast refineries by way of the St. Lawrence River.

At a conference organized last weekend by the Thousand Islands-based group, Save the River, environmentalists voiced concern over the potential of a catastrophic oil spill.

The St. Lawrence River is frozen solid right now, but when spring arrives tankers will begin their slow journey up and down the waterway. The tankers carry huge amounts of heavy raw materials like grain, iron, and coal to ports in the United States and Canada. Only a few shipments of crude oil from Alberta Sands in Canada and the Bakken in North Dakota have come through the seaway, but environmentalists and state official are concerned more will come. Lee Willbanks, director of Save the River said, “This is a huge issue because there is a lot of oil in different forms being extracted in the Midwest in our country and in Alberta Canada. And right now there is more oil coming out of the ground then has a conduit to a refinery.”

Gary McCullough, with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said, “Fundamentally my concern is that spills on the St. Lawrence River would be extremely challenging to clean up.” Mcllouch said that is because the river’s current is really strong. “The oil will move on the water faster than we have the ability to contain it. If you lost a large amount of oil on Alexandria Bay, that oil has already transversed to Massena.”

McCullough mentioned the Nepco spill of 1976. A massive barge carrying thick motor oil ran aground and spilled 500,000 gallons. “You can still see oil strips on rocks up in Ogdensburg, Lisbon area,” he said.

McCullough said much of that oil floated. The oil from the Tar Sands, on the other hand, is much heavier and may not float. Oil that sinks causes more damage because it is almost impossible to completely remove from a river floor. Emma Lui, with the Council of Canadians, said the company Suncor has already shipped Alberta Tar Sands oil along the River this past fall. Lui said, “The shipments that happen with Suncor really set a precedent for other shipments to happen.”

Lui said her organization released a study that found the cost to clean up just 10 percent of the oil from a Suncor tanker would be more than the Canadian government can afford. “We are not prepared nationally and locally — the mayors in the communities aren’t prepared either and if we aren’t prepared we should be doing this.“

Lee Willbanks said talking about the worst case scenarios when it comes to shipping oil can, at the very least, make those in charge think before they act. “It is really shame on us if we as a community don’t demand this discussion and have it in every level of government before we ship this,” he said.

The current low price of oil means shippers aren’t moving much, but that could change by the time the seaway reopens for navigation in March.

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Risk of Crude Oil Spills Highlighted at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference

February 9th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Risk of crude oil spills spotlighted at Save the River winter conference

Published: Sunday, February 8, 2015 by the Watertown Daily Times

CLAYTON — Stephen C. Taylor asked a group of panelists a question on Saturday morning at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel about the risk posed by crude oil extracted from Alberta’s tar sands, which sinks to the bottom of water bodies and can cost millions to clean up.

“It seems to me that one of the most clear things from this discussion is that we aren’t ready for this, but that the industry is going to force it down our throats,” the resident of Wellesley Island said, speaking to the four panelists who made a presentation on the impact of crude oil shipments from Canada’s Alberta oil sands during the annual winter environmental conference held by Save the River. “What are the oil and pipeline companies doing? … I think they’re dumping it on our lap. And it’s quite clear we aren’t ready for this.”

Mr. Taylor was among about 170 people — about 30 of them Canadians — who attended a variety of river-related presentations during the 26th annual conference. Most of the attendees were members of Save the River, an environmental advocacy group based in Clayton.

Emma Lui, water campaigner for the Council of Canadians of Ottawa, responded to Mr. Taylor’s comments by saying that his concerns about crude oil were merited. She said research shows that the Canadian government, for example, would be ill-equipped to handle a crude oil spill of about 10 percent from a standard-size Aframax oil tanker. The government would have a maximum of about $1.4 billion to cover such a spill, she said, which would cost at least $2 billion to clean up.

“That’s a huge concern,” Ms. Lui said. “And I appeal to everyone in the room that it’s our responsibility to be highlighting this. If we’re not ready for a spill, we shouldn’t be going ahead with it.”

The Council of Canadians believes that all transportation of tar-sands oil should be banned on and near the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, Ms. Lui said.

Much of the panel discussion was focused on the glut of crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana, which is being transported to refineries across the U.S. Experts said the crude oil — called diluted bitumen — has posed a serious threat to the Great Lakes and could impact the St. Lawrence River in the future.

Tar sands are a type of petroleum deposit that contains sand, clay and water saturated with a dense kind of petroleum called bitumen, Ms. Lui said. Because bitumen has the consistency of molasses, it has to be separated with chemical diluents to be transported by pipelines. Diluted bitumen floats briefly when spilled, she said, but then it sinks as its light components evaporate. As a result, it becomes more difficult to clean up and poses a greater risk to watersheds than conventional crude oil.

To illustrate, Ms. Lui cited a massive spill in July 2010 in southwestern Michigan, in which nearly 4 million liters of diluted bitumen spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. A ruptured pipeline operated by Calgary-based Enbridge Pipelines Inc. was responsible for the spill, which resulted in a cleanup cost of about $1.2 billion.

“And even after 1.2 billion dollars was put into it, it’s still not clean,” she said.

Though the St. Lawrence River isn’t now used much to transport diluted bitumen, Ms. Lui said, that could change. Last fall, the first oil tanker to transport diluted bitumen on the St. Lawrence made a shipment from the port of Sorel-Tracy in Quebec, east of Montreal, she said. Owned by Suncor Energy Inc. of Calgary, that tanker carried about 700,000 barrels of the oil to Italy, while a second tanker carried a load in October to the Gulf of Mexico.

PREPARING FOR THE WORST

The U.S. Coast Guard has focused much of its attention in recent years to understanding how to respond effectively to diluted bitumen spills, according to T.J. Mangoni, supervisor of the District Response Advisory Team for the 9th District of the Coast Guard, which is responsible for overseeing operations across the Great Lakes. He said that in the case of the Enbridge oil spill on the Kalamazoo River, 22 Coast Guard posts supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in cleanup efforts.

Mr. Mangoni said that the Coast Guard is required to plan for worst-case scenarios and that he is confident in the Coast Guard’s ability to respond effectively to serious oil spills. He said the Kalamazoo River spill helped the Coast Guard develop better techniques.

“There are many different techniques that organizations are now prepared to try to capture it within the (water) column, and also removing sediments from the bottom,” he said. “And it’s going to be a case-by-case.”

The effectiveness of the response to an oil spill is often based on how quickly crews are able to remove it from the water surface, said Gary P. McCullouch, spill engineer for state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 6, which encompasses Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oneida and Herkimer counties.

Diluted bitumen “doesn’t sink immediately,” he said. “So I think our greatest focus is speed … you can get a lot of that oil off the surface before it sinks. And I think part of the discussion should be about our initial response techniques.”

Mr. McCullouch cited the last major recorded oil spill in the St. Lawrence River, in the summer of 1976, when the fuel barge Nepco 140 ran aground near Alexandria Bay, spilling about 300,000 gallons. He said that spill cost about $8 million to clean up, but the process wasn’t effective because the Coast Guard’s knowledge about oil discharges was limited at the time.

“With that experience behind us, and a greater focus on safety, cooperation and more comprehensive cleanup and disposal strategies, a spill of that magnitude today would easily cost hundreds of millions of dollars,” Mr. McCullouch said, emphasizing the importance of efforts to prevent future spills.

Mr. McCollouch said that while oil spills have always been a threat, the recent national spotlight on the risks of crude oil transportation has re-emphasized the importance of preventing spills. In that sense, he said, it has been a positive trend. He said organizations at the state and federal level are cooperating more to understand how to better combat spills.

“It’s fashionable to work together again,” he said.

2015 WEC Oil Panel

Photo Credit: Sarah Ellen Smith

From left to right: Lee Willbanks, Kushan Dave, TJ Mangoni, Gary McCullouch, and Emma Lui

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Its What We, With Our Members & Followers, Do

February 4th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

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:

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.

Join us at our conference Saturday, contact our office for how you can become a member, and let your representatives know you care and you speak out.

Read the full editorial here.

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