December 31st, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Excellent series by Dan Egan in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first published July 26, 2014.
On the day the last ship has left and the Seaway locks are closed just briefly to the outside world it’s a good time to look at one of the most significant and ongoing impacts international shipping has had on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
The whole series is worth the time to understand the nature of the invasion, the invaders and what might be next.
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December 30th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Soon to be no more! “One tube of exfoliating facewash can contain more than 350,000 microbeads and it’s estimated that 2.9 trillion microbeads enter U.S. waterways annually.”
Yesterday the President signed the microbeads ban. Thank you Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Elise Stefanik for sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
There is still more to do. Plastic pollution from a raft of other sources continues. “Microbeads are a small part of the much larger problem of marine debris. As more people consume more products that are made of substances that do not biodegrade easily, if at all, the volume of plastics that end up in our waterways continues to grow,” says Steve Cohen writing in the Huffington Post.
For the bigger picture, read Microbeads, Marine Debris, Regulation and the Precautionary Principle.
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December 27th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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December 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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December 11th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
We should celebrate the example they set for appropriate respect and “treatment” of our freshwater.
from the Thousand Islands Sun, Wed., December 9th, by Pamela McDowell
We were there watch and applaud the closure of the Village’s last remaining combined sanitary and stormwater overflow outfall. And it bears repeating, “This is great. With the backdrop of the city of Montreal purposely dumping eight billion liters of raw sewage into the river recently, this small community wth limited resources is doing the right thing. Montreal may do the above ground “pretty work” well, but this dirty work that we do underground is what counts.”
Also commending Clayton, James Wright, Director of the Development Authority of the North Country, in a letter published in the Watertown Daily Times, December 10th, “Clayton has enhanced quality of the river“.
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December 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Thank you so much and have a great Holiday Season!
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December 8th, 2015 | Posted by admin
Bring a little piece of your favorite place home with the ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River 2015 Limited Edition Print.
Created exclusively in collaboration with Save The River, The ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River 2015 by Karyn Burns ABC’s includes special letters and drawings reflecting some of the important features and areas of importance to Save The River’s efforts.
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December 1st, 2015 | Posted by admin
Schedule: 9:30 – Registration and morning coffee
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Presentations
Stop the Sewage: We watched with dismay and outrage as the City of Montreal dumped 8 billion liters (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River. Although an assault on freshwater, it was many miles downstream. But, is it really an uncommon practice? Are other cities dumping sewage upstream of the Upper St. Lawrence? What responsibility do any of us have when we flush? A panel of experts will examine this stinkiest of problems facing freshwater and our River.
Oil and Water Don’t Mix: Continuing a discussion started at last year’s conference, we will have presentations on potential pathways for new, potentially dangerous forms of crude oil through the St. Lawrence River watershed and what steps – legal and practical – can be taken to reduce or prevent the threats they pose.
Updates on the State of the River: Attendees will hear updates on Plan 2014, microbeads, invasives, restoration efforts, educational programs and many of the many activities Save The River is involved in to protect and restore the St. Lawrence and keep it swimmable, fishable and drinkable for generations to come.
4:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception with cash bar.
Conference fee: $50 (includes coffee, lunch, & cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres)
RSVP no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 by returning the reservation form to:
Save The River or by calling us at (315) 686-2010.
Save The River has reserved a block of rooms at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel starting at $99 /night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (315) 686-1100. This discount rate is only guaranteed through January 6, 2016.
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