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St. Lawrence River One of America’s Ten Most Endangered

April 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
A Most Endangered River
American Rivers named the St. Lawrence River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, shining a national spotlight on the threat outdated dam operations pose to imperiled fish, wildlife and local communities.
U.S. and Canadian governments poised to remove St Lawrence River from list of endangered rivers with a simple the stroke of a pen.
Do your part to help: plan2014now.savetheriver.org
U.S. and Canadian governments poised to remove St Lawrence River from list of endangered rivers with a simple the stroke of a pen.
It is time Secretary John Kerry and Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion listen to the over 22,500 expressions of citizen support as well as the 42 environmental, conservation and sportsmen organizations and local and regional businesses that continue to advocate for Plan 2014.
Add your voice: plan2014now.savetheriver.org
Two Reasons American River’s Designation Is Important
First, American Rivers focuses only on rivers at crossroads. Rivers where key decisions in the coming months will determine the fate of the waterbody.  Over the years, the annual report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild and Scenic designations, and the prevention of harmful development and pollution.
Second, the St. Lawrence River made this list once before in 2008. This was the same year the International Joint Commission began reviewing Plan Bv7, an innovative water levels plan designed to adjust the Moses-Saunders Hydropower Dam’s operations so as to work with nature.
Eight years later the plan, now known as Plan 2014, is ready for enactment. The U.S. and Canadian governments are poised to remove the St. Lawrence River from the Most Endangered Rivers list with a simple the stroke of a pen.
Do your part to help: plan2014now.savetheriver.org
18 Photos of River Damage and Renewal
Environmental considerations were not part of the planning process when the Moses-Saunders Hydropower Dam and shipping channel were built in the 1950s. As a result, outdated dam operations have caused significant losses to the Upper St. Lawrence River’s globally-significant biodiversity and habitat. Impacts include a loss of wetland habitat and a decline in many fish species and nesting water birds. Black Tern, a state-listed endangered bird species that depends on a diverse marsh habitat, has declined by over 80 percent. Northern Pike, the top fish predator in coastal marshes, has declined by 70 percent. These species are indicators of ecosystem health, and show how far-reaching the dam’s impacts have been to the entire river environment.

A Most Endangered River:

American Rivers named the St. Lawrence River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, shining a national spotlight on the threat outdated dam operations pose to imperiled fish, wildlife and local communities.Most Endangered

And yet the U.S. and Canadian governments are poised to remove St Lawrence River from list of endangered rivers with a simple the stroke of a pen (click for more).

Do your part to help: plan2014now.savetheriver.org

It is time Secretary John Kerry and Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion listen to the over 22,500 expressions of citizen support as well as the 42 environmental, conservation and sportsmen organizations and local and regional businesses that continue to advocate for Plan 2014.

Add your voice: plan2014now.savetheriver.org

Two Reasons American River’s Designation Is Important:

First, American Rivers focuses only on rivers at crossroads. Rivers where key decisions in the coming months will determine the fate of the waterbody.  Over the years, the annual report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild and Scenic designations, and the prevention of harmful development and pollution.

Second, the St. Lawrence River made this list once before in 2008. This was the same year the International Joint Commission began reviewing Plan B+, an innovative water levels plan designed to adjust the Moses-Saunders Hydropower Dam’s operations so as to work with nature.

Eight years later the plan, now known as Plan 2014, is ready for enactment. The U.S. and Canadian governments are poised to remove the St. Lawrence River from the Most Endangered Rivers list with a simple the stroke of a pen.

Do your part to help: plan2014now.savetheriver.org

Environmental considerations were not part of the planning process when the Moses-Saunders Hydropower Dam and shipping channel were built in the 1950s. As a result, outdated dam operations have caused significant losses to the Upper St. Lawrence River’s globally-significant biodiversity and habitat. Impacts include a loss of wetland habitat and a decline in many fish species and nesting water birds. Black Tern, a state-listed endangered bird species that depends on a diverse marsh habitat, has declined by over 80 percent. Northern Pike, the top fish predator in coastal marshes, has declined by 70 percent. These species are indicators of ecosystem health, and show how far-reaching the dam’s impacts have been to the entire river environment.

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