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Another Anniversary of the Clean Water Act; And Still No New Water Levels Plan!

October 18th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

For over 50 years the St. Lawrence River has suffered under a destructive water levels management plan. On this 44th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, almost 20 years after the destruction of over 64,000 acres of wetlands habitat and the precipitous decline of species dependent on those wetlands was identified and more than 2 years after a plan to begin the restoration of those wetlands was referred to them by Most Endangeredthe International Joint Commission, the U.S. and Canadian federal governments still have not acted, and the St. Lawrence remains one of America’s most endangered rivers.

This is not right!

In June following American Rivers designating the St. Lawrence as one of America’s 10 most endangered rivers, we wrote about it on their website. At that point we and a broad coalition of groups and individuals supporting a modern plan for managing the River – Plan 2014 – had collected over 22,000 expressions of support for the plan. Now we have over 36,000.

Now is the time for our federal governments to act. Now before we reach any more anniversaries. Now before we lose any more wetlands and the species dependent on them.

It is time for #Plan2014Now!

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Executive Director interviewed for Public Television on Water Levels

October 9th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Taking every opportunity to make the case for our two federal governments to lift their pens and concur with the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 and begin restoring wetlands, Northern Pike, Black Tern and so much more to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Riverkeeper and Save The River executive director speaking to tvo’s The Agenda, Nam Kiwanuka, for broadcast on Detroit Public Television while at the Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto.

It’s time for #Plan2014Now.

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Governor Cuomo on the Value of Healthy Wetlands

September 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Gov Cuomo spoke about the value of healthy wetlands at a New York Rising event at the State Capitol April 23, 2014.

His comments have direct application to the damage an out-dated dam management plan has caused to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River and the need for a modern, restorative water levels plan – Plan 2014.

More than ever it is time for #Plan2014Now. Go to Plan2014Now.SaveTheRiver.org and let him know it’s time to speak up for the River and the people who depend on it being healthy.

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Our River Should NOT Be One of America’s Most Endangered!

August 4th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

You Know You Want To!

You Know We Want You To!

You Know It’s the Right Thing To Do!

SO DO IT!

Be creative if jumping into the River isn’t your thing. Just support‪ #‎Plan2014Now‬ for a healthy River for now and future generations.

Click here for tips on how to “Take the Plunge” & Support #Plan2014Now

American Rivers named New York’s St. Lawrence River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2016, shining an international spotlight on the threat outdated dam operations pose to imperiled fish and wildlife and local communities. From the mouth of Lake Ontario to the Moses Saunders Dam, the 114-mile endangered coastline of the Upper St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario constitutes the largest coastal environment in Quebec, Ontario and New York State.

With the stroke of a pen, U.S. and Canadian governments can restore this vital shared waterway. For over 50 years, the levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been regulated by the Moses Saunders Dam, whose operating plan was developed with pre-computer technology. A new plan, known as Plan 2014, is ready for enactment and will adjust the dam’s operating plan to work with nature.

Learn more about the plan to restore the St. Lawrence River, one of America’s most endangered Rivers at: http://plan2014now.savetheriver.org/

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Congresswoman Stefanik, “Now is the time for Plan 2014. Protecting our natural treasures cannot wait.”

July 27th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik pens a powerful post supporting Plan 2014

Writing on the American Rivers website, the Congresswoman makes clear her strong support for the modern water levels plan that is awaiting Secretary of State John Kerry’s approval.

Her conclusions are spot on:

“Protecting our natural treasures cannot wait. The work done by the St. Lawrence River community has been steadfast, as for the last two decades they have worked together to see this new plan developed.

We must continue to build support for this critical plan to preserve our ecological gems for future generations.

Please join Save The River/Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, American Rivers and countless other Americans and Canadians in asking Secretary John Kerry and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to protect and restore the St. Lawrence today.”

NY CD-21 Congresswoman Elise StefanikOf course, we urge you to join the Congresswoman in her call to protect the natural treasure that is the St. Lawrence River with the adoption of #Plan2014Now by visiting Support Plan 2014 and signing our letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion.

 

Her full blog is on the American Rivers website.

 

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Plan 2014 Necessary for Tourism

July 15th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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Ron Thomson, owner of Uncle Sam Boat Tours knows “the economy of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario region depend on the health and beauty of the lake and river and their ecosystems. Moving toward more natural water flows in these bodies of water will not only improve the environment, it will also provide substantial economic and shoreline benefits.”

#Plan2014Now “will enhance this ecosystem and improve the economy at the same time.”

Ron’s full blog on the American Rivers website.

It is time for a modern water levels plan to begin restoring the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for current and future generations.

Learn more and take action at Support Plan 2014.

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Restoring Wetlands Makes Good Economic Sense

July 14th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Cattail Choked Wetland (by Nature Conservancy)

Cattail Choked Wetland (by Nature Conservancy)

The Nature Conservancy, using a set of predictive models developed by Colorado State University, estimated the additional days of wildlife-related activity and the increased economic value of outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing) that will result from implementation of Plan 2014 and predicted a $9.1 million increase in net economic value in New York State, every year.

The full blog post is here.

It is time for a modern water levels plan to begin restoring the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for current and future generations.

Learn more and take action at Support Plan 2014.

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80% Decrease in Black Tern Populations! Unfathomable!

July 10th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

“Since the current regulation plan [for the St. Lawrence River] was put in place [almost 60 years ago], Black Tern populations have decreased by an unfathomable 80 percent.” 80 percent!Black-Tern_IngridTaylar_flickr_EDITED-680x303

“The enactment of Plan 2014 will have enormous benefits and is projected to increase populations of this New York State-listed endangered species by 16 percent. It will improve habitat quality for other key bird species, including Least Bitterns (a NYS listed threatened species), Virginia Rails, Yellow Rails (a red listed species on the Audubon Watchlist), and King Rails (a NYS threatened species and yellow listed on the Audubon Watchlist).”

Just some of the excellent points made in support of #Plan2014Now by Erin Crotty, Executive Director of Audubon New York in a post on the American Rivers website. Read the full post.

Learn more and take action at Support Plan 2014. And consider“Taking the Plunge” for #Plan2014Now.

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Nearly 23,000 Expressions of Citizen Support for Plan 2014

July 6th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

As Citizens Campaign for the Environment notes in the latest guest blog on the American Rivers website about the St. Lawrence, one of their ten Most Endangered Rivers, they have spoken to New Yorkers about their desire for a healthy River and Lake.Most Endangered

And yet, despite a “growing wave of support [nearly 23,000 people & growing] for Plan 2014, the federal governments of the U.S. and Canada have yet to adopt the plan. U.S. Secretary John Kerry and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion can help restore the health of the lake and river with the simple stroke of a pen. We can’t let up now— they need to know that we can’t wait any longer. We need your help to demand action today!

It is time for a modern water levels plan to begin restoring the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario for current and future generations. Learn more and take action at Support Plan 2014. And consider “Taking the Plunge” for #Plan2014Now

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“The current method of regulation [of water levels on the River] is antiquated, . . .

June 30th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

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A great read on why we need to support #Plan2014Now.

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“The current method of regulation [of water levels on the River] is antiquated, recognized [by American Rivers] by the designation in April 2016 of the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. The history of trying to regulate the St. Lawrence River shows that there is an underlying conceptual flaw in the notion that we should control the hydrological regimes on rivers and lakes. Plan 2014 is a major step in the right direction.”


Daniel MacFarlane, a speaker at our 2016 Winter Environmental Conference, in a guest blog on the American Rivers website.


More information at: http://plan2014now.savetheriver.org/

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