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October 29th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
“While picturesque, the cattail stands along this stretch of the St. Lawrence River illustrate the loss of biodiversity due to outdated water-levels management.”
“Plan 2014 would return some of the natural fluctuations . . . and the ecosystem would once again thrive.”
from Waterkeeper Magazine, volume 11, issue 2, page 22, http://ow.ly/U0lyu

2015-10 WKA Magazine (Ripples)from Waterkeeper Magazine, volume 11, issue 2, page 22

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From Leading Online Journal Circle of Blue: Lake Ontario Water Level Plan Tests Attitudes Toward Environment

October 28th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

Plan 2014, a proposal to alter lake levels and restore wetlands, places ecosystems at the heart of decisions.

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“If it is adopted, Plan 2014 would reflect a seismic shift in thinking about how water should be used and valued that first took root during the environmental movement of the 1960s. In the heart of the 20th century, the architects of major infrastructure projects like the Moses Saunders dam and the St. Lawrence Seaway spared little concern for sedge grasses, waterfowl, and fish. But the 21st century, rife with erratic and severe weather, burgeoning populations, and dwindling resources, is putting immense pressure on regulators and managers to reimagine how humans and natural water systems coexist.”

And, we would add, how the benefits of thoughtful, science-based management can be fairly shared.

Read the full article here.

About Circle of Blue. Founded in 2000 by leading journalists and scientists, Circle of Blue provides relevant, reliable, and actionable on-the-ground information about the world’s resource crises.

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43rd Anniversary of Clean Water Act

October 18th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Today was the day the City of Montreal planned to dump 8 billion litres (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage to the St. Lawrence River.
Today we, and tens of thousands of concerned citizens of Montreal, Quebec and the larger River region in both Canada and the U.S., applaud Environment Canada’s halting of that plan.
Today is also the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. federal Clean Water Act – landmark legislation which has made great strides in cleaning our Nation’s waters, including those we share with Canada.
Today is a day to celebrate our shared success in protecting, preserving and restoring waters like the St. Lawrence, but it is also a day to realize the problem is not just Montreal.
It is any municipality that still has combined storm and wastewater systems subject to the very same kind of discharges during intense storm events – the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities have combined systems.
It is our elected officials who choose political expediency over the hard choice of investing in freshwater infrastructure.
It is any cottage owner who has an inadequate or failing septic system.
It is all of us who value freshwater, but don’t demand it and won’t accept that the additional expenditure is worth the result – swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all.
We must all accept responsibility. We must all do better in our own backyards, towns and villages.
Starting today.Today was the day the City of Montreal planned to dump 8 billion litres (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage to the St. Lawrence River.
Today we, and tens of thousands of concerned citizens of Montreal, Quebec and the larger River region in both Canada and the U.S., applaud Environment Canada’s halting of that plan.
Today is also the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. federal Clean Water Act – landmark legislation which has made great strides in cleaning our Nation’s waters, including those we share with Canada.
Today is a day to celebrate our shared success in protecting, preserving and restoring waters like the St. Lawrence, but it is also a day to realize the problem is not just Montreal.
It is any municipality that still has combined storm and wastewater systems subject to the very same kind of discharges during intense storm events – the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities have combined systems.
It is our elected officials who choose political expediency over the hard choice of investing in freshwater infrastructure.
It is any cottage owner who has an inadequate or failing septic system.
It is all of us who value freshwater, but don’t demand it and won’t accept that the additional expenditure is worth the result – swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all.
We must all accept responsibility. We must all do better in our own backyards, towns and villages.
Starting today.

Today was the day the City of Montreal planned to dump 8 billion litres (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage to the St. Lawrence River.

Our Conflicted Uses for Freshwater

Our Conflicted Uses for Freshwater

Today we, and tens of thousands of concerned citizens of Montreal, Quebec and the larger River region in both Canada and the U.S., applaud Environment Canada’s halting of that plan.

Today is also the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. federal Clean Water Act – landmark legislation which has made great strides in cleaning our Nation’s waters, including those we share with Canada.

Today is a day to celebrate our shared success in protecting, preserving and restoring waters like the St. Lawrence, but it is also a day to realize the problem is not just Montreal.

It is every town where untreated sewage makes its way to our rivers and lakes – the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities have combined sewage and stormwater systems.

It is our elected officials who choose political expediency over the hard choice of investing in freshwater infrastructure.

It is any cottage owner who has an inadequate or failing septic system.

It is all of us who value freshwater, but don’t demand it and won’t accept that the additional expenditure is worth the result – swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all. We must all accept responsibility. We must all do better in our own backyards, towns and villages.

Starting today.

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2015 River Remembrance Day Non-Gala

October 16th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

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Dear Friend of the St. Lawrence River,
Jim Magnes
Save The River
invites you to its
River Remembrance Day 2015
Non-Gala
Saturday evening, the seventh of November there will be no dinner, no dancing,
no big-name entertainment.

Instead, we invite you to enjoy a quiet evening at home,
wherever that may be this time of year,
reflecting on the natural beauty of the St. Lawrence River, and
we offer you the opportunity to join us in a River Illumination Ceremony.

Light a candle on your dock, deck, lawn, or living room
at nine p.m.
to show your love for the River
and your solidarity with all of us who love it too.

History
The illumination ceremony is a river tradition first practiced around the turn of the nineteenth century, again on River Appreciation Day in the 70’s, and as recently as 2013. As Save The River closes another year of vigorous advocacy on behalf of the St. Lawrence River, we invite you to join us in a celebration of the spirit of the River. The point is to remind us that we are not alone, and that if we act as a group we can protect the place we love. We’re here because of the unique way the River touches each one of us. We are joined together by a desire to preserve it so future generations can experience that magic for themselves. Let’s celebrate that magic together wherever we are on November 7th.

Click Here for a reply and donation card. We will post your thoughts about the River on our website and on our Facebook page.

Your tax deductible donation will go directly towards saving the River.


We thank you for your help.


Never doubt that a group of
thoughtful, committed people can
change the world, indeed, it is the

only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

SAFETY FIRST!
If you leave your candles unattended please place them in a stable glass jar with sand in the bottom.


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DELAYED! Montreal Ordered to NOT Dump Sewage!

October 15th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
DELAYED! Montreal Ordered to NOT Dump Sewage to St. Lawrence River Pending Further Review!

“The St. Lawrence River is one of Canada’s most important waterways,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Denis Lebel.

We agree.

This is a tremendous win for swimmable, fishable, drinkable water in the St. Lawrence River and fresh water across North America. Now is the time to stop the practice for good. Now is the time to make the investments needed to bring our infrastructure up to 21st century standards.

Executive Director and Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper interviewed by CTV News about the decision. CTV News Interview

While our portion of the river is not downstream of where the City plans to release this massive amount of raw sewage, it is a part of the River we work every day to protect – the 3rd largest in North America, drinking water to millions and home to many threatened and endangered species. This is unacceptable and in this day and age we can and must do better. It is good to see the federal government in Canada take this interim step to what we hope will be a permanent solution.

The federal government is demanding Montreal stop its plan to dump sewage into the St. Lawrence river beginning on Sunday.
MONTREAL.CTVNEWS.CA

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Week 10 Photo Contest Winners

October 15th, 2015 | Posted by admin

We are pleased to announce this week’s photo contest winners. We had many photos submitted to us by people practicing catch & release fishing and hope that this continues throughout the season.

Week 10 Winners

First Place Winner: Tim H.

Second Place Winner: Paul P.

Third Place Winner: BJ B.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos this week. This contest is open to everyone practicing catch and release fishing and you are welcome to submit as many photos as you would like.

Photos can be submitted directly to Save The River’s Catch and Release Program Facebook page or via email to lindsey@savetheriver.org.

By submitting photos you consent to their use by Save The River.

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Thank You! Fresh Sound Grant Match Met – Exceeded!

October 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

You Did It

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Join Senator Schumer Tomorrow, Speak out about Montreal Sewage Dumping

October 8th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

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Week 9 Photo Contest Winners!

October 5th, 2015 | Posted by admin

We are pleased to announce this week’s photo contest winners. We had many photos submitted to us by people practicing catch & release fishing and hope that this continues throughout the season.

Week 9 Winners

First Place Winner: Peter B.

Second Place Winner: Cal M.

Third Place Winner: Bill D.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos this week. This contest is open to everyone practicing catch and release fishing and you are welcome to submit as many photos as you would like.

Photos can be submitted directly to Save The River’s Catch and Release Program Facebook page or via email to lindsey@savetheriver.org.

By submitting photos you consent to their use by Save The River.

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Ban crude oil transit

October 1st, 2015 | Posted by admin

Save The River has been fighting to protect the vulnerable and fragile natural and human environment on the St. Lawrence River for its entire 37-year history. Recent efforts by the Seaway corporations to market the River as a highway for crude oil have caused us to increase our focus on the threat these cargoes pose to the River. What we have learned is alarming.

Although refined petroleum products are currently transported on the Great Lakes, crude oil is not. Two very different and very dangerous types of crude are poised to transit the St. Lawrence River. One, Bakken crude, is extremely volatile, even explosive as seen in numerous “bomb train” incidents in recent years. The other, tar sands oil, is heavy enough to sink in freshwater where, with current technology it is unrecoverable.

Shipping on the St. Lawrence River has long been an all-risk and no-reward proposition, and the shipment of crude oil will exponentially increase the risk to our environment, our economy and our communities.  Having suffered a major oil spill on the St. Lawrence River, we know all too well the risks involved with even traditional cargoes.  As pressure increases to bring these dangerous cargoes to the waters of the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes, we must take steps to protect our River before it’s too late.

For these reasons, Save The River enthusiastically supports the Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate this week. If passed, it will ban the shipment of crude oil by vessel on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The authors, Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow (MI) deserve to be commended. Their bill, in addition to banning the shipment of crude oil, requires a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of hazardous pipelines in the region, compels an assessment of oil spill response and cleanup plans, and requires that ice cover be part of worst-case scenarios in response plans.

Once crude oil is in a ship’s hold headed for the St. Lawrence it will be too late. Now is the time to prevent the next catastrophic spill from happening. The best way to do that is to keep cargoes the Coast Guard admits it doesn’t know how to handle off the water entirely. The Pipeline Improvement and Preventing Spills Act should be supported by every member of New York’s Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River congressional delegation as a way to preserve and protect the St. Lawrence River now and for future generations.

Letter to the Editor by Lee Willbanks
Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper / Executive Director

Published by the Thousand Islands Sun on September 30th, 2015

Click here to see the print article.

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