March 13th, 2017 | Posted by Lee
Watertown Daily Times calls President Trump’s approach on vital Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River programs a, “Budget blunder.” And they are absolutely right!
In a March 11th editorial the Watertown Daily Times called out the President for his proposal to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and his intention to “wrench most of this from the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative”.
The Times had reported the day before “Mr. Trump’s proposed 2018 budget request calls for funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to fall from $300 million to $10 million, a 97 percent reduction. Reuters reported the Environmental Protection Agency’s overall budget will be cut about 25 percent.”
This is simply outrageous.
As the Times editorial points out, “[t]o date, the GLRI [Great Lakes Restoration Initiative] has invested more than $2.2 billion in restoration projects in the Great Lakes.” In an earlier story the Times noted, “the GLRI provides funding for thousands of projects pertaining to wetlands restoration, combating invasive species and cleaning up toxins in the Great Lakes and along their shores.”
The GLRI has received bipartisan support in Congress since its inception. It is a keystone in the nation’s commitment to restore the health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River; the largest freshwater system on earth, drinking water supply to millions and a recreational mecca that draws visitors from all over the world.
GLRI funded projects have certainly benefitted the environment of the communities where they are located. But these projects have also supported the economy of those communities with the direct and indirect jobs they have created and by the increased commercial and recreational use of the waters they have restored.
Save The River wholeheartedly agrees with the Times’ conclusion that, “Mr. Trump cannot be allowed to finance his plans at the expense of the health of the Great Lakes”.
And, while we are fortunate on the St. Lawrence River that Congresswoman Stefanik and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand support the GLRI, we know that restoration of these draconian cuts will not be easy to reverse and the effort will take more than the support of our local representatives.
For these reasons Save The River is committed to working with groups from all of the Great Lakes states to stop the President’s plan to slash the EPA and GLRI funding. You can help two ways:
- Call your representatives at (202) 224-3121:
- If they support full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; say “Thanks”. Positive messages work to shore up support.
- If they don’t support the GLRI; Tell them why it is important to you that they do. Personal stories help them understand how these programs impact real people.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in New York State by the numbers:
Read the full Watertown Daily Times editorial and stories at these links:
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December 31st, 2016 | Posted by Lee
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Drawing February 28, 2017. Good Luck!
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October 9th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Join us in our work to protect, preserve and restore the St. Lawrence River now and for future generations.
We do this by educating children about the River, and how to live with and sustain it and the creatures that depend on it being healthy. And we work for policies that will protect it from invasive species, toxic chemicals and untreated waste dumping, microplastics and an outdated dam management plan that has decimated tens of thousands of acres of wetlands and species.
But to do it well and to reach even more children and adults and bring about meaningful policy change we need a community of members that is large, vocal and supportive.
We need you! Please join Save The River today and become a partner in our effort to pass on a healthy St. Lawrence River for generations to share.
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May 31st, 2016 | Posted by admin
Save The River is raffling an Ascend® FS12T sit-on-top angler kayak generously donated by Bass Pro Shops, Utica, New York.
Proceeds will benefit our work to enact a modern water levels plan – Plan 2014 – and remove the St. Lawrence River from the list of America’s most endangered rivers. For more information & to take personal action visit: plan2014now.savetheriver.org
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. Drawing to be held September 6th, 2016.
Good Luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!
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May 31st, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and conservation groups around the country are working to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency retains its authority to clean up ballast water discharges.
As reported by the Watertown Daily Times in a May 27, 2016 story by Brian Molongoski, “Non-defense-related legislation tucked away in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, would remove the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority in regulating ballast water discharge from cargo vessels.” The story was also covered by ABC and other media.
Exempt from the Clean Water Act?
Two weeks ago we asked you to contact your Congressperson to stop this from happening. Many of you responded and Congresswoman Stefanik heard you. And although she did what she could, the “must pass” Defense Authorization Act was approved the House of Representatives with language rolling back Clean Water Act protections from the threat of invasive species in ships’ ballast water that our River, and the Great Lakes now have.
Your calls made a difference. Ms. Stefanik has vowed to continue to work to remove the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” language from the defense bill.
Let her know you appreciate her efforts and that you support her work to protect the St. Lawrence River. Call her office at (202) 225-4611 or send an email by going to: https://stefanik.house.gov/contact/email
This type of advocacy takes resources. If you would like to contribute to our efforts by becoming a member please click here. And keep coming back for updates.
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December 27th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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December 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Thank you so much and have a great Holiday Season!
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October 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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August 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
We are pleased to announce our newest collaboration and fundraising effort, a limited edition The ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River! 18×24 inch art print, with proceeds benefiting Save The River.
This one-of-a-kind art print captures much that is cherished by River lovers, including some special designs indicative of our continued efforts here at Save The River. We have partnered with Karyn Burns ABC’s to offer a limited edition run of 100 prints, printed on high quality Eames Canvas Cover paper,signed, dated and numbered by the artist Karyn Burns.
In addition to the individual poster purchase option, we are pleased to be also offering framing options for those who are interested. Karyn Burns ABCs has partnered with Syracuse based Gallery 114 to offer a limited edition custom frame, making this the perfect gift to , or of course for yourself. Prints can be shipped throughout the United States and Canada.
Save The River’s education, awareness and advocacy efforts are constant, and with that we are always looking for creative ways to raise awareness and interest in the River and raise funds to support our ongoing activities. That’s why we were thrilled to partner with Karyn Burns ABCs in this unique fundraising campaign. This effort allows us to offer whimsical artwork that reflects the St. Lawrence River and Save The River’s mission, in a unique piece of art created by Karyn just for us.
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