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Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

July 13th, 2015 | Posted by admin

stop aquatic hitchhikersImportant steps for anyone boating on the St. Lawrence River (and not just during Invasive Species Awareness Week) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website:

Information on how to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Boats, trailers, waders and other fishing and boating equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody unless properly cleaned, dried or disinfected after use. Although some invasive species such as water milfoil are readily visible to the human eye, many others are too small to be readily noticed. To avoid spreading invasive species please follow the guidelines in the following steps:


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Invasive Species Awareness Week

July 12th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Today marks the start of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week.

We know a little bit about invasive species here on the St. Lawrence. In fact, we’ve become a vector for for their movement from our waters to others in the state and provinces. The invasion of non-native, harmful species goes back to at least the construction of the Erie Canal. But it wasn’t until the opening of the River and the Great Lakes to international shipping in the 1950’s that the scope and pace of the invasion threatened to completely upend theH20 Highway natural ecosystem and species dependent on it.

It is estimated that at least 65% of the invasives now in the St. Lawrence – from quagga and zebra mussels, to bloody red shrimp, to round goby, to a hundred more came in through the locks of The St. Lawrence Seaway (or Highway H2O as it has been branded) in the ballast of ocean-going ships (“salties”).

After decades of efforts to stop this traffic in unwanted organisms the Seaway began requiring saltwater flushes in mid-ocean for all salties before they could enter the St. Lawrence system. Since then no new invasives have been identified. New research is raising questions about the effectiveness of this method of stopping invasives. Meanwhile EPA and the Coast Guard have put rules in place requiring treatment of discharges to remove live organisms – rules several U.S. Senators want to undo. And there is still the very real threat of Asian Carp.

It may be the River has not seen its last invasive species. More throughout this Invasive Species Awareness Week.

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Save The River’s Catch and Release Program Weekly Photo Contest

July 10th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Submit your photos to our page of you or a family member practicing catch & release fishing for a chance to win a special edition sweatshirt and other special prizes. Every week one lucky winner will receive a sweatshirt generously donated by Ed Huck Marine and two runner-ups will also receive special prizes!

Please include your name and contact information when submitting photos. If your photo is selected as winner you will be notified!

Submit your photos to Save The River’s Catch and Release Program Facebook or via email to for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen weekly.

By submitting your photos you approve of future use of them by Save The River.

Click here for information about Save The River’s Catch and Release Program.

C&R photo contest prize collage

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Save The River Reports on Week 1 of Beach Watch Program

July 9th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Clayton, NY (July 9, 2015) – Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 6th through August 31st Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 1.

For the 2015 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. Sampling dates for this year are July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for e. coli bacteria in all of our swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save the River offices, website and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visit

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Show us why you love the River!

July 8th, 2015 | Posted by admin


Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence will be participating in this easy to enter photo contest this month.

Swimmable Water Weekend is July 31 – August 2, and we want you to post photos with the hashtag ‪#‎SwimmableWater‬ whenever you’re out enjoying the water!

Every photo posted that weekend will count as one entry to win a grand prize package including a GoPro Hero, generously donated by Leadership Circle members Dylan and Emmeli Bruno, a Kokatat paddle jacket, KEEN sandals and more! For official rules, head to:

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Plan 2014 critical to businesses along river

July 7th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Letter to the Editor in the Watertown Daily Times today:

As members of the Thousand Islands community whose business is dependent on tourism, we appreciate the June 17 editorial by the Watertown Daily Times supporting the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River Plan 2014, which represents the findings of the International Joint Commission.

The science behind the report indicates that Plan 2014 will create conditions that will extend the boating season most years and will support stronger populations of native fish.

Our business needs this. Boaters and the local fishermen/-women are critical to small-business owners on the St. Lawrence River.

Tourism is a major economic engine, and Plan 2014 is estimated to attract an additional $15 million annually to the north country economy.

It is critical to those of us who own and operate businesses on the St. Lawrence River that Plan 2014 be implemented immediately.

By:Carol Dwyer and Joseph Wilczynski
Alexandria Bay

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Thank you to all involved in Rock for the River 12

July 6th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Rock 12We want to give special thanks to our 2015 Rock for the River artists Jay NashGarrison StarrAmber RubarthChris PierceEmilie Cardinaux, The Contenders, Natalia Zukerman and Matt Delvecchio for putting on a once in a lifetime show. We missed Joe Purdy and Eliza Moore and hope you can return next year for Rock for the River 13!

This show would not have been possible without our loyal sponsors: Cerow Agency, The Duane & Dailia Stiller Charitable Trust, Raks Dept. Store and The Glassberg Family. And, many thanks to Byron & Jen O’Neill for designing another beautiful poster!

We had an amazing night with a full Clayton Opera House. We want to thank everyone who attended this special River event. We are already looking forward to next year’s Rock for the River and hope you are too.

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