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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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Save The Date! Winter Environmental Conference is Coming.

November 30th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is a regionally significant event we have held every February for over a quarter of a century.

Saturday, February 4, 2017, we will host our 28th Winter Conference. Preparations are well underway. It will be another great opportunity for coming together with other friends of the River to share information, discussion and fellowship as we hear from national and regional policymakers, scientists, opinion leaders and students about the important issues facing the River we all love and want to protect.

Program and registration details will be available soon here and on our Facebook page.

It does take significant effort and resources to bring interesting and informative speakers to our conference and to hold it in a setting like the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Individual and business sponsorships help make sure the conference is a continued success. If you are interested in supporting our conference, contact Bridget at (315) 686-2010 or bridget@savetheriver.org.

We’ll see you in February!

Save The River has reserved a limited block of rooms at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel at a rate of $109 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (315) 686-1100. This discounted rate is only guaranteed through Wednesday, January 3, 2017.

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Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Executive Director named Freshwater Hero and Citizen Advocate of the Year

March 30th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Executive Director Recognized as Freshwater Hero and Citizen Advocate of the Year
Freshwater Future has added Lee Willbanks to its 2016 list of Freshwater Heroes and honored him with the distinction of Citizen Advocate of the Year.
Based in Michigan, the Freshwater Future has a singular and vitally important mission: to ensure the healthy future of our waters in the Great Lakes region.
This month the organization issued its list of Freshwater Heroes. The list includes extraordinary groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond to protect what they hold dear—our waters.
In naming him Citizen Advocate of the Year, Freshwater Heroes said the following about Lee: “From on-the-water monitoring and restoration efforts, to educating the next generation of river champions, to his persistent and passionate advocacy on complex policy issues like aquatic invasive species and regulation of water levels, you can trust that Lee is there, standing up for the St. Lawrence, each and every day.”
For more: http://ow.ly/1067E4

Freshwater Future has added Lee Willbanks, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Save The River’s Executive Director, to its 2016 list of Freshwater Heroes and honored him with the distinction of Citizen Advocate of the Year.

Based in Michigan, Freshwater Future has a singular and vitally important mission: to ensure the healthy future of our waters in the Great Lakes region.

This month the organization issued its list of Freshwater Heroes. The list includes extraordinary groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond to protect what they hold dear—our waters.

In naming him Citizen Advocate of the Year, Freshwater Heroes said the following about Lee: “From on-the-water monitoring and restoration efforts, to educating the next generation of river champions, to his persistent and passionate advocacy on complex policy issues like aquatic invasive species and regulation of water levels, you can trust that Lee is there, standing up for the St. Lawrence, each and every day.”

2016 Freshwater Future Freshwater Hero Award
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Canada’s changing water policy landscape

February 9th, 2016 | Posted by admin

Tony Maas, Principal of Maas Strategies and nationally recognized water policy expert in Canada, provided an informative update on Canadian environmental policy and Ontario’s Great Lakes Protection Act at our Winter Environmental Conference last Saturday.

Tony currently splits his time between is role as Strategy Manager with Freshwater Future, where his work focuses on bi-national efforts to address algae blooms in Lake Erie, and his independent consultancy, through which he works with not-for-profits, philanthropic foundations and research institutes on strategy, program development and public policy issues.

Click here to view Tony’s full presentation.

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Another Successful Winter Environmental Conference

February 8th, 2016 | Posted by admin

Success! The River community gathered on February 6th, 2016 to hear about a range of issues facing the St. Lawrence River from a terrific group of speakers.

Thanks to everyone – sponsors, board, staff, presenters, partnering organizations and enthusiastic attendees – who made the day a tremendous success and a lot of fun to be a part of.

from the Watertown Daily Times coverage by Eli Anderson

“Hundreds gathered at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on Saturday to attend Save the River’s 27th annual Winter Environmental Conference.”

full story here: http://ow.ly/Y2UfL

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Save The River’s 27th Winter Environmental Conference Agenda

February 5th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

There’s still time to register for the conference. For more information call Save The River at 315-686-2010 or click here.

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“Meet the upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper; Save The River prepares to host annual conference”

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin

Great coverage by North Country Public Radio of our upcoming Winter Environmental Conference

“The upper St. Lawrence River’s largest environmental group holds its annual winter conference this weekend.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be one of the speakers at Save The River’s conference this Saturday at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton.”

Tony Maas, Principal of Maas Strategies, is a nationally recognized water policy expert in Canada. He will be providing an update on Canadian environmental policy and Ontario’s Great Lakes Protection Act.

With the potential for New York State voters to vote for a constitutional convention in 2017, van Rossum will speak about the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

“Speakers will also tackle topics that kept Save The River busy in 2015, including passing a new, more environmentally-friendly water levels management plan for the river, and opposing Montreal’s dumping of raw sewage into the river last fall.”

Visit NCPR’s website for the full story:http://ow.ly/XTDaK

There’s still time to register for the conference. For more information call Save The River at 315-686-2010 or visit: http://ow.ly/WUDZF

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Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, environmental historian, to speak on Plan 2014 at Winter Environmental Conference

January 21st, 2016 | Posted by admin

Macfarlane- Sustainability Studies_150_0Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, Assistant Professor of Freshwater Policy at Western Michigan University, will speak at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference about Plan 2014, the long anticipated, but currently stalled, modern water levels management plan, proposed by the International Joint Commission in June 2014.

In a well-received editorial published last September in the Standard-Freeholder, a Cornwall, Ontario newspaper, Dr. Macfarlane wrote, “Since the IJC can’t unilaterally implement its Plan 2014 recommendation, it is up to the Canadian and American governments to decide what to do. They must adopt it. The current method of regulation is an anachronism. Plan 2014 is just a step in the right direction.”

Save The River is pleased to have Dr. Macfarlane share his perspective on the need for a modern water levels plan for the River. His extensive knowledge of the history of the Seaway and dams that have caused ecological damage to wetland habitat and declines in key species will be very helpful as we approach the second anniversary of the referral of Plan 2014 – a plan that will begin to reverse that damage.

Dr. Macfarlane is an environmental historian and policy scholar specializing in border waters in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin, and is author of the award-winning 2014 book “Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway” which was based on his doctoral dissertation at the University of Ottawa and explores, among other aspects, the ecological impact of building the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. He is currently writing a book on the history of engineering Niagara Falls, researching the history of Great Lakes water levels, co-editing a book on US-Canadian border waters, and working on the history of the International Joint Commission.

Other speakers at Save The River’s conference include Congresswoman Stefanik who will update attendees on her work to address issues of importance to the St. Lawrence River. Other speakers will address Montreal’s sewage dump this past fall, possible transport of crude oil on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, plastic pollution in our waterways, and the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is open to the public. Registration is $50 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres.  Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by Friday, January 29th by calling (315) 686-2010 or by downloading and submitting the registration form.

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to speak at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference

January 20th, 2016 | Posted by admin

Stefanik Official PortraitSave The River announced Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will speak at its upcoming Winter Environmental Conference, Saturday, February 6th. Ms. Stefanik, whose district covers the entire length of the St. Lawrence River in the U.S., will update attendees on her work to address issues of importance to the St. Lawrence River and those in and out of her district who are connected to the River.

Congresswoman Stefanik has been a vocal supporter of Plan 2014, the modern water levels plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, and a co-sponsor of the recently enacted law banning microbeads in consumer products. She also recently convened a cross-boundary roundtable on dealing with the threat from invasive species and has met with Save The River to discuss a range of issues related to the threats and opportunities facing the River.

“I am very excited to speak at Save the River’s Winter Conference,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Save the River is the leading voice protecting the St. Lawrence River, and together we have already successfully worked to protect this important body of water from plastic microbead pollution. We have much more left to accomplish, and I look forward to speaking with Save the River activists about important initiatives, including Plan 2014 and my work in Congress to combat the epidemic of invasive species in our waters.”

Lee Willbanks, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Save The River executive director stated, “We are very pleased to have our Congresswoman speak to attendees at our 27th conference. Rep. Stefanik has, in a very short time, become a knowledgeable and thoughtful supporter of policies that are important to the health of the St. Lawrence River and the communities that rely on it. Speaking to this very informed and engaged audience will be an excellent way to continue the very productive dialogue she has with the River community.”

Ms. Stefanik was first elected to Congress in 2014 and is a Member of the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. She was elected by her freshman peers in the 114th Congress to serve as the freshman representative to the Policy Committee. In the fall she joined with several of her colleagues backing a resolution acknowledging climate change as a threat that should be combated.

Other speakers at Save The River’s conference will address the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 to reverse the harm caused by the current water levels plan for the River, Montreal’s sewage dump this past fall, possible transport of crude oil on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, plastic pollution in our waterways, and the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is open to the public. Registration is $50 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres.  Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by Friday, January 29th by calling (315) 686-2010 or by downloading and submitting the registration form.

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Make it a true Winter Weekend!

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by admin
As you know Save The River’s annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 10:00am – 4:00 pm at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY.  In order to make the most out of your weekend here in the 1000 Islands please be sure to check out these two additional activities to complete your winter get-a-way.

Friday Evening:

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The Thousand Islands Arts Center presents Art of Winter with an Opening Reception on Friday, February 5th, 5:00  – 7:00 pm.
Join the Thousands Islands Arts Center to celebrate winter for the opening of its annual exhibit, Art of Winter. This multi-media exhibition displays artwork from regional artists of all ages and talents who  have been inspired by the North Country’s cold weather months. The event is free, a wide selection of artwork is for sale and light refreshments will be served. To learn more about  the exhibition or the Thousand Islands Arts Center visit www.tiartscenter.org.


Sunday Morning:

TILT LogoThe Thousand Islands Land Trust will host an Eagle Watch Trek at Wellesley Island’s Thousand Islands Park on Sunday, February 7th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Join the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) as ornithologist Gerry Smith leads this unique bird watching opportunity. Bald Eagles often hunt around the waters off T.I. Park, so we will meet in the parking lot for the Wellesley Hotel with hopes of seeing some of these majestic birds. Please dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars! Light refreshments will be served. Please register in advance by emailing treks@tilandtrust.org, by calling the TILT office at 686-5345, or by signing up on the TILT website at www.tilandtrust.org.


Registration for Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is open. Registration is $50 per person. Coffee, lunch and hors d’oeuvres reception is included.  Special Individual Sponsor level tickets are also available for $150 or $250 per couple.  Name recognition, priority seating, and speaker access provided.  Please call Save The River for details, (315) 686-2010. Conference information is also available online by clicking here.

For other events and activities happening in the area, check out the Clayton Chamber of Commerce or the Thousand Islands Tourism Council.

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