November 30th, 2015 | Posted by admin
Save The Rivers winter raffle is a Great Blue Heron glass enamel and copper sculpture. This sculpture of a beautiful heron standing among natural vegetation was designed and hand crafted by the skilled artisans of Bovano in Cheshire, Connecticut using vitreous enamel (glass) fused to copper.
They have done an amazing job capturing the ethereal beauty of one of nature’s most magnificent shore birds and the symbol of Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River.
This table top piece stands at 21” tall and is 9” wide. It will add style to the home or cottage of any St. Lawrence River lover.
Click Here to get to a printable entry form. Just fill out all the contact information and return it with your payment to:
Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624
We will fill out the tickets so you too can be entered to win this exclusive, Great Blue Heron glass enamel and copper sculpture and support Save The River.
Drawing to be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2016.
Good luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!
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November 27th, 2015 | Posted by admin
Looking for a simple yet thoughtful gift? Share your love for Save The River with others this holiday season. Keep warm with a Save The River hoodie, t-shirt or blanket. A Wind in the Willows decorative plaque makes a nice addition to any home, cottage, or office. Our children’s book Haas The Great Blue Heron will make a great gift for all River lovers, young or old.
Any of these items are available for purchase from our office in Clayton or over the phone at 315-686-2010.
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November 25th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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November 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Remembering the River:
At 2 pm, November 23, 1957, 58 years ago today, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Grenville became the first ship to pass through the new Iroquois Lock.
This was a test run of the lock, a key facility in the soon to be completed St. Lawrence Seaway system. It is a pivotal event ushering in almost 60 years of devastating regulation of the once natural levels and flows on the St. Lawrence River.
The damage is well documented – the loss of 64,000 acres of meadow marsh wetlands and the vital ecosystem services they provide, the precipitous decline of Northern Pike and common tern, and the disappearance of muskrat from the River.
A solution exists. Plan 2014 – a modern water levels plan, recommended to the U.S. and Canadian federal governments 18 months ago – will go a long way to restoring the balance, Unfortunately, despite widespread public support from local governments in Canada and the U.S., many federal agencies, over 23,000 signatures on petitions and letters and nearly 100 elected officials, environmental, business and community leaders, Plan 2014 is still unapproved.
The St. Lawrence River needs Plan 2014 now. It’s time to reverse the damage ushered in with the Seaway. Let these key officials know you want Plan 2014 implemented now for the health of the St. Lawrence River:
Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion, via email to: email@example.com
Secretary of State John Kerry, via twitter
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, via email (select “Environmental Concerns” under Topic)
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, via email
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November 21st, 2015 | Posted by Lee
41 years ago today the Roy A. Jodrey went down off Alexandria Bay after hitting Pullman Shoal. Over the years she has been the source of contamination from slowly leaking oil left in the port side day tank.
In 2002 a major effort was undertaken to remove the remaining oil. The amount removed was far less than what was expected to be on board. Concern over any oil being left to leak comes from fact that one-quart of oil will foul 150,000 – 250,000 gallons of freshwater. However, since the clean up effort no leaking fuel has been observed.
Ironically on the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Jodrey – eleven years ago – the Seaway corporations and shippers decided to re-brand the St. Lawrence River “Highway H2O”. Doing so created a clever marketing tool, but it also reduced one of North America’s most significant waterways to just another piece of infrastructure.
Recent efforts by the Seaway corporations to market the River as a highway for crude oil – both tar sands and Bakken (“bomb train”) crude – require all of us concerned about the health of the River to focus on and fight the threat these cargoes pose to it.
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.
Save The River has been fighting to protect the vulnerable natural and human environment on the St. Lawrence River for its entire 37 year history. Join us and support our work on the River by becoming a member today.
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November 19th, 2015 | Posted by admin
From the CBC News Montreal:
St. Lawrence sewage dump: City releases test results
Fecal bacteria far above average concentrations, resemble numbers seen during heavy rains
The big spike on Nov. 12 was registered by a station close to one of the pipes that spewed the raw sewage, near LaSalle Boulevard and Stephens Street in Verdun. . . The reading that day was 2.7 million coliform units per 100 mL of river water.
While well upstream from Montreal, it is still useful to note that in New York State a fecal coliform level of 1000 units per 100 mL in the St. Lawrence River (or any freshwater body) can lead to the closure of beaches to swimming.
Making the comparison of the deliberate dumping of sewage to a rainy day is very concerning.
Looking Beyond Montreal:
Despite the obvious problems with Montreal’s actions, there is another important story to tell. Montreal’s planned, undiluted dump is an egregious case of sewage pollution – but this is by no means a problem limited to Montreal.
According to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, more than 24 billion gallons of combined untreated sewage and stormwater is dumped into the Great Lakes each year, and the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities across the U.S. have combined sewage and stormwater systems, which release untreated sewage into surface water in wet conditions.
What you can do:
Make sure your elected leaders know that you prioritize modernizing wastewater infrastructure…
Become an advocate for freshwater, become a member of Save The River. Your volunteer effort and membership contribution enables Save The River to continue to protect and fight for clean water in the St Lawrence.
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November 17th, 2015 | Posted by admin
Interested in working at Save The River next summer?
We are looking for qualified candidates to work at Save The River for the 2016 summer from mid May through Labor Day. We are currently accepting applications until March 20, 2016.
For more information and how to apply click here.
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November 14th, 2015 | Posted by admin
Save The River’s 27th annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held Saturday, February 6th at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY.
This annual event brings together policymakers, scientists and citizens to discuss the most important issues facing the St. Lawrence River. Stay tuned for more details!
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November 12th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
This December, Waterkeepers from around the world will convene at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to tell world leaders what actions they need to take NOW to protect us from climate change and to create a legally binding universal agreement on climate.
Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper is one of the 121 Waterkeepers from over 20 countries that submitted specific calls to action to their government leaders.
We called on:
– U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion to adopt the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 for the management of levels and flows on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
– The U.S. and Canadian federal governments to elevate the environment in considerations of transboundary issues and shipping practices by halting “Highway H20” to ban the shipment of crude oil on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
– Federal, state / provincial, local governments to invest in upgrades to sewage systems – municipal, private and individual – and other infrastructure to prevent spills from extreme weather events and to ensure waste is properly treated before discharge to freshwater.
for the full list from all 121 Waterkeepers click here
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November 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
We have just heard that Montreal will start dumping raw sewage tonight, which is outrageous. It’s really hard to believe the City was able to meet the conditions imposed by Environment Canada so quickly. That is the fatal flaw in self-reporting as opposed to the prudent exercise of federal oversight.
Save The River encourages citizens to contact the mayor with opposition.
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