November 30th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is a regionally significant event we have held every February for over a quarter of a century.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, we will host our 28th Winter Conference. Preparations are well underway. It will be another great opportunity for coming together with other friends of the River to share information, discussion and fellowship as we hear from national and regional policymakers, scientists, opinion leaders and students about the important issues facing the River we all love and want to protect.
Program and registration details will be available soon here and on our Facebook page.
It does take significant effort and resources to bring interesting and informative speakers to our conference and to hold it in a setting like the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Individual and business sponsorships help make sure the conference is a continued success. If you are interested in supporting our conference, contact Bridget at (315) 686-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll see you in February!
Save The River has reserved a limited block of rooms at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel at a rate of $109 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (315) 686-1100. This discounted rate is only guaranteed through Wednesday, January 3, 2017.
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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policies that will protect it from invasive species, toxic chemicals and untreated waste dumping, microplastics and an outdated dam management plan that has decimated tens of thousands of acres of wetlands and species.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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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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April 15th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
from Thousand Island Life, August, 2016:
U.S. and Canadian governments poised to remove St Lawrence River from list of endangered rivers with a simple the stroke of a pen.
On April 12th the national advocacy organization, 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.
The designation is significant for everyone who cares about the environment and the Thousand Islands.
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.
Read the full article, watch the stunning video, then take action along with hundreds others who love the St. Lawrence River like we do. Click here.
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January 27th, 2016 | Posted by Lee
From today’s Watertown Daily Times editorial page, “Promoting the Thousand Islands as a wonderful tourist destination recently became a little easier. . . By focusing on water quality and watershed issues, members of Save the River do their part to attract visitors.” It is worth a full read.
With a super shout out to Save The River, the editorial correctly mentions our members. They are full-time and seasonal residents, boaters, kayakers, swimmers, anglers, divers, birders, hunters, scientists, artists, teachers, students of all ages, public figures, business owners, Canadian and American. And they are members because they believe in our mission to protect and preserve the St. Lawrence River.
Even so, we are not in this alone, and the River region (and Save The River) is blessed to have a tremendous number of groups and agencies all working to keep the land and water clean and sustaining for generations. A partial list of those we partner with: Waterkeeper Alliance, Thousand Islands Land Trust, Indian River Lakes Conservancy, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center – Friends, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, IJC – International Joint Commission, Audubon New York, Ducks Unlimited, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, WWF-Canada, SUNY-ESF, Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative, Clarkson University, Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, Antique Boat Museum, The Nature Conservancy in New York, Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Thousand Islands Tourism Council, Aquatarium, and so many others.
We all have a place on the River and we all have a role in using it sustainably, and ensuring it is swimmable, drinkable and fishable to seven generations.
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October 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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August 18th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
One year ago Save The River published Juliane Flora’s children’s book Haas the Great Blue Heron: The Beginning of an Adventure and since then over 400 copies have been purchased and an exciting curriculum has been created.
Students throughout the North Country are enjoying their connection with the great blue heron and the River by reading Haas the Great Blue Heron and participating in Save The River’s In the Schools program.
Thanks to all who have supported Save The River’s education program with their purchase. Haas the Great Blue Heron is available at Amazon.com and at Save The River.
Let us know what you think! We welcome your comments by writing a Customer Review on Amazon
And if you buy a copy (or more) the proceeds go to benefit Save The River.
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August 18th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Save The River and Clarkson University are partnering to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to the River region this fall.
Join us on September 12th at Clarkson University from 3-5pm to enjoy short films and discussion focused on a healthy environment and clean water. This event is free of charge and open to everyone.
Stay tuned for more details.
Generous support also provided by the Northern New York Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council – Ogdensburg Free Academy.
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August 17th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
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August 7th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Thursday night we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority’s Rift Camp to honor our cadre of over 500 volunteers.
While each and every one of our volunteers is a valuable member of our team and key to our many successes, each year Save The River does recognize a ‘Volunteer of the Year’, volunteers who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work and whose assistance has advanced Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River in a significant way.
This year’s Save The River Volunteer of the Year is The Thousand Island High School’s SAFE (Student Activists for the Environment) Club members and their facultyadvisor. These dedicated students – Ashley Byers, Lexi Cassidy, Noah Crandal, John Hunter, McKenna Schnauberand Maura Warren and their advisor, Eleanor Thomas, were chosen in recognition of the club’s outstanding efforts in addressing and raising awareness to their school, their community and New York State’s elected leaders about the threat of microbead pollution in the St. Lawrence River.
This year SAFE set high goals for itself and succeeded in achieving them. They brought awareness of the threat of microbead pollution to the River by conducting a school-wide campaign; creating informative posters, creating a social media campaign using the hashtag “TIBeatsBeads” circulating a student petition. They also wrote several letters to elected officials expressing their strong support for legislation in the New York State Senate, the Microbead-Free Waters Act, and they traveled to Albany May 5th where they participated with representatives of numerous groups from across New York in the Microbead Lobby Day meeting with several elected officials, including New York State Senator Patty Ritchie.
With a summer staff that swells to only 7, including our 2 interns, we simply could not accomplish our many programmatic, educational and advocacy goals without the active support of our many volunteers.
Some of the notable statistics about our volunteers, they:
– accumulated an estimated 2,000 hours of service;
– came from as far as Lisbon, New York and Ottawa, Ontario;
– over 240 who trained to become Riverkeeper volunteers
– over 30 teachers from area schools who educated more than 1,000 students this year alone (over 3,000 over the life of the In the Schools program);
– mark over 80 of the most dangerous shoals on the River;
– collect water samples at 6 of the region’s most popular swimming locations;
– assist with the Common Tern Monitoring collaboration with the
Thousand Islands Land Trust;
– help with Winter Conference, Rock for the River and Run for the
– work behind the scenes at the office working on countless mailings and projects.
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