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August 17th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

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Save The River Reports on Week 6 of Beach Watch Program

August 13th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Ally Aiken

(August 10, 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 6.

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 www.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun. For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visitwww.savetheriver.org.

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Erie County Pennsylvania passes the strongest microbead ban in the nation

August 10th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Congrats to Erie County for passing strongest microbead ban in the nation. Now is the time for New York State to follow.

From the Buffalo News:

State, federal governments should join Erie County in banning microbeads

“It would be helpful for New York to enact a statewide ban, which could help to preserve the Finger Lakes, the Hudson River, Lake Champlain and other waterways. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who is pushing for a statewide ban, has estimated that 19 tons of microbeads enter New York waterways each year.

But even a state ban won’t prevent microbeads from continuing to contaminate the Great Lakes to the west, thence to reach the Niagara River, or protect other parts of the country along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, or the lakes and rivers in the West. That’s why federal action is important and, in that regard, it is good to note that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is bringing the issue to Congress.”

Microbeads NY Times Credit

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ABC’s of the 1000 Islands limited edition print available

August 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

We are pleased to announce our newest collaboration and fundraising effort, a limited edition The ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River! 18×24 inch art print, with proceeds benefiting Save The River.

This one-of-a-kind art print captures much that is cherished by River lovers, including some special designs indicative of our continued efforts here at Save The River. We have partnered with Karyn Burns ABC’s to offer a limited edition run of 100 prints, printed on high quality Eames Canvas Cover paper,ABCsigned, dated and numbered by the artist Karyn Burns.

In addition to the individual poster purchase option, we are pleased to be also offering framing options for those who are interested. Karyn Burns ABCs has partnered with Syracuse based Gallery 114 to offer a limited edition custom frame, making this the perfect gift to , or of course for yourself. Prints can be shipped throughout the United States and Canada.

Save The River’s education, awareness and advocacy efforts are constant, and with that we are always looking for creative ways to raise awareness and interest in the River and raise funds to support our ongoing activities. That’s why we were thrilled to partner with Karyn Burns ABCs in this unique fundraising campaign. This effort allows us to offer whimsical artwork that reflects the St. Lawrence River and Save The River’s mission, in a unique piece of art created by Karyn just for us.

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Save The River Honors Its Exceptional Volunteers

August 7th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Thursday night we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority’s Rift Camp to honor our cadre of over 500 volunteers.
While each and every one of our volunteers is a valuable member of our team and key to our many successes, each year Save The River does recognize a ‘Volunteer of the Year’, volunteers who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work and whose assistance has advanced Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River in a significant way.
This year’s Save The River Volunteer of the Year is The Thousand Island High School’s SAFE (Student Activists for the Environment) Club members and their faculty advisor. These dedicated students – Ashley Byers, Lexi Cassidy, Noah Crandal, John Hunter, McKenna Schnauber and Maura Warren and their advisor, Eleanor Thomas, were chosen in recognition of the club’s outstanding efforts in addressing and raising awareness to their school, their community and New York State’s elected leaders about the threat of microbead pollution in the St. Lawrence River.
This year SAFE set high goals for itself and succeeded in achieving them. They brought awareness of the threat of microbead pollution to the River by conducting a school-wide campaign; creating informative posters, creating a social media campaign using the hashtag “TIBeatsBeads” circulating a student petition.  They also wrote several letters to elected officials expressing their strong support for legislation in the New York State Senate, the Microbead-Free Waters Act, and they traveled to Albany May 5th where they participated with representatives of numerous groups from across New York in the Microbead Lobby Day meeting with several elected officials, including New York State Senator Patty Ritchie.
With a summer staff that swells to only 7, including our 2 interns, we simply could not accomplish our many programmatic, educational and advocacy goals without the active support of our many volunteers.
Some of the notable statistics about our volunteers, they:
– accumulated an estimated 2,000 hours of service;
– came from as far as Lisbon, New York and Ottawa, Ontario;
– over 240 who trained to become Riverkeeper volunteers
– over 30 teachers from area schools who educated more than 1,000 students this year alone (over 3,000 over the life of the In the Schools program);
– mark over 80 of the most dangerous shoals on the River;
– collect water samples at 6 of the region’s most popular swimming locations;
– assist with the Common Tern Monitoring collaboration with the
Thousand Islands Land Trust;
– help with Winter Conference, Rock for the River and Run for the
River; and
– work behind the scenes at the office working on countless mailings and projects.

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Thursday night we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority’s Rift Camp to honor our cadre of over 500 volunteers.

While each and every one of our volunteers is a valuable member of our team and key to our many successes, each year Save The River does recognize a ‘Volunteer of the Year’, volunteers who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work and whose assistance has advanced Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River in a significant way.

This year’s Save The River Volunteer of the Year is The Thousand Island High School’s SAFE (Student Activists for the Environment) Club members and their facultyadvisor. These dedicated students – Ashley Byers, Lexi Cassidy, Noah Crandal, John Hunter, McKenna Schnauberand Maura Warren and their advisor, Eleanor Thomas, were chosen in recognition of the club’s outstanding efforts in addressing and raising awareness to their school, their community and New York State’s elected leaders about the threat of microbead pollution in the St. Lawrence River.

This year SAFE set high goals for itself and succeeded in achieving them. They brought awareness of the threat of microbead pollution to the River by conducting a school-wide campaign; creating informative posters, creating a social media campaign using the hashtag “TIBeatsBeads” circulating a student petition.  They also wrote several letters to elected officials expressing their strong support for legislation in the New York State Senate, the Microbead-Free Waters Act, and they traveled to Albany May 5th where they participated with representatives of numerous groups from across New York in the Microbead Lobby Day meeting with several elected officials, including New York State Senator Patty Ritchie.

With a summer staff that swells to only 7, including our 2 interns, we simply could not accomplish our many programmatic, educational and advocacy goals without the active support of our many volunteers.

Some of the notable statistics about our volunteers, they:
– accumulated an estimated 2,000 hours of service;
– came from as far as Lisbon, New York and Ottawa, Ontario;
– over 240 who trained to become Riverkeeper volunteers
– over 30 teachers from area schools who educated more than 1,000 students this year alone (over 3,000 over the life of the In the Schools program);
– mark over 80 of the most dangerous shoals on the River;
– collect water samples at 6 of the region’s most popular swimming locations;
– assist with the Common Tern Monitoring collaboration with the
Thousand Islands Land Trust;
– help with Winter Conference, Rock for the River and Run for the
River; and
– work behind the scenes at the office working on countless mailings and projects.

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Save The River Reports on Week 5 of Beach Watch Program

August 6th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Clayton, NY (August 3, 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 5.

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 onwww.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visitwww.savetheriver.org.

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Week Four of BeachWatch: All Locations Passed! Thanks for working with us to keep the River safe and swimmable.
For more information on our Beach Watch program visit: http://blog.savetheriver.org/?p=7430
Photo Credit: Sarah McKinley

Photo Credit: Chris Byrnes

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Water Levels to Fluctuate on River During Operation to Recover Sunken Tug – Updated

August 4th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
from the IJC, “Water level impacts of the flow fluctuations will be most evident on the St. Lawrence River.  The decreased outflows expected during the salvage operations will result in water levels on Lake St. Lawrence rising during the day, . . . However, strong winds, especially those with a westerly component, may result in temporary high levels in excess of this threshold [242.35′].  When outflows are ramped back up each night, levels on Lake St. Lawrence will temporarily decrease by as much as 80 cm (31.5 in).”
The Board will allow outflows to be decreased during daylight working hours to reduce current velocities and the risk of hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the remaining sunken vessel. . . . The Board has agreed to allow 14-hour long daytime outflow reductions for up to seven days to facilitate the remaining salvage operations. Starting on Tuesday, 4 August, outflows will be decreased . . . each day by 6 am, and ramped back up . . . each night starting at 8 pm.
– See more at: http://www.ijc.org/en_/islrbc/news?news_id=499&myID=1#sthash.dboz50gb.dpuf

from the IJC, “Water level impacts of the flow fluctuations will be most evident on the St. Lawrence River [& principally on Lake St. Lawrence].  The decreased outflows expected during the salvage operations will result in water levels on Lake St. Lawrence rising during the day, . . . However, strong winds, especially those with a westerly component, may result in temporary high levels in excess of this threshold [242.35′].  When outflows are ramped back up each night, levels on Lake St. Lawrence will temporarily decrease by as much as 80 cm (31.5 in).”

The Board will allow outflows to be decreased during daylight working hours to reduce current velocities and the risk of hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the remaining sunken vessel. . . . The Board has agreed to allow 14-hour long daytime outflow reductions for up to seven days to facilitate the remaining salvage operations. Starting on Tuesday, 4 August, outflows will be decreased . . . each day by 6 am, and ramped back up . . . each night starting at 8 pm.

“The net effect of the flow variations will also cause as much as 3 cm (1.2 in) of water to be temporarily stored on Lake Ontario [& the River in the 1000 Islands region] (relative to Plan 1958-D).  This water will then be removed from Lake Ontario as quickly as possible following the removal of the remaining tug.  The Board currently anticipates being able to complete this process within a period of between five to eight weeks.

– See more at: Board adjusting outflows to assist salvage efforts

– For a look back at the original story: Cornwall Seaway News

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Congresswoman Stefanik’s Mobile Office Comes to Clayton

August 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Today the River community had an opportunity to speak with a representative from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Watertown office when she held mobile office hours in Clayton.

River Community Speaks, "Plan 2014 Now!"

River Community Speaks, "Plan 2014 Now!"

Many of you came from points all along the River with one clear message, “Now is the time for the Congresswoman to reiterate her strong support for the IJC’s Plan 2014.”

We at Save The River know how long the River community has fought for a new, modern water levels plan. And we appreciate the continued effort to make sure our representatives fight along with us to make Plan 2014 a reality.

Thank you.

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