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Save The River Honors Its Exceptional Volunteers

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 faculty advisor. These dedicated students – Ashley Byers, Lexi Cassidy, Noah Crandal, John Hunter, McKenna Schnauber and 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
River; and
– work behind the scenes at the office working on countless mailings and projects.

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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
River; and
– work behind the scenes at the office working on countless mailings and projects.

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Save The River’s Winter Conference to Feature Panel on Oil Transport

January 5th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Transporting Tar Sands Oil is Problematic

A tug recently sank down river of Montreal, releasing almost 7,000 gallons of fuel that is still being cleaned up. Fault hasn’t been assigned, but is blame important when the fuel or the toxic cargo is already in the water and spreading?

There is a huge difference between a tug and a tanker carrying the equivalent of 300 to 600 rail cars or 1,000 to 2,500 trucks of tar sands oil. It is a difference that should concern everyone who shares the use of the St. Lawrence River. A spill of that magnitude of tar sands oil, a cargo the Coast Guard has admitted it is “not prepared to handle,” would quickly dwarf the capabilities of first responders, would devastate the river for almost any conceivable use, would lay waste to the environment of one of North America’s most significant rivers and devastate the economies of communities along its shores in two countries.

Maybe lower oil prices will temporarily reduce the intense pressure, and thus the risk to our river, that has been building to get tar sands oil to market by whatever means possible. But maybe they won’t because producers will still seek the cheapest transportation alternative without regard to environmental impacts.

The proposals for new pipelines and ship terminals are still around. History shows we frequently construct beyond our ability to mitigate. The river community needs to shape the debate about such shipments and demand that not one drop of heavy oil should be put on a ship or in a rail car on or near the St. Lawrence River until response plans have been developed and tested and the Coast Guard and local first responders have the equipment and training to effectively implement them.

Become involved. Attend our Winter Environmental Conference on Feb. 7. We will have a panel of experts from the Coast Guard, spill responders, academia and advocacy organizations discussing the issue.

Letter to the Editor by Lee Willbanks
Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper / Executive Director

Published by the Watertown Daily Times on January 5th, 2015.

Click here to view the print article.

Click here for conference information.

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Rock for the River 11 tickets on sale May 15th!

May 6th, 2014 | Posted by Kate

Get ready for Rock for the River 11! Tickets for the show go on sale Thursday, May 15th!

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Rock for the River 11 will be held Saturday, July 5th at the Clayton Opera House. Event founder Jay Nash is once again bringing some of the best original song-writers and musicians from around the country for an amazing night of live music in support of Save The River. This year’s line-up includes Jay Nash, Joe Purdy, Garrison Starr, Eliza Moore, Brian Wright, Amber Rubarth, and Sally Jaye.

All ticket proceeds directly support Save The River’s advocacy, education and research programs.             Advance tickets are $35/members, $40/nonmembers.   Event day tickets are $40/members, $45/nonmembers.   Tickets will be available through the Clayton Opera House.

And thanks to Le JIT Productions for this amazing video from last year’s show!

We can’t wait to see you at Rock for the River 11!

Can’t attend? Consider making a contribution in support of Save The River’s advocacy, education and research programs.

Thank you for supporting Save The River! ?All event proceeds will directly support our River advocacy, education and research programs.

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River Day 5K Fun Run/Walk Registration Now Open!

April 11th, 2011 | Posted by Kate

Save The River’s 9th annual 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, July 30th with the race starting at 10 a.m. in Frink Park, Clayton.

Pre-registration is $20 and registration on the day of the event is $25. You can pre-register now at active.com or stop by our office! Online pre-registrations will be accepted up until 5 p.m. Monday, July 25th. (Online registration fees do apply.) Or you can download the registration form and bring it to our office in Clayton. We will be accepting in person pre-registrations until 5 p.m., Thursday, July 28th.

Race day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th at Frink Park in Clayton, NY with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The first 200 registrants will receive a free t-shirt and water bottle.

Special thanks to our event sponsors Caskinette Lofink Ford Mercury, Phinney’s Charitable Foundation, Comunity Bank, Cheney Tire and Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions!

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the River Day 5K? Learn more.

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Rock for the River 6

April 14th, 2009 | Posted by admin

Get ready to celebrate the start of summer with the most exciting musical event in the Thousand Islands! Saturday, July 4th, 2009 is Save The River’s 6th annual Rock for the River, bringing some of the best original song writers and musicians from across the land to the Clayton Opera House.

Announcing this year’s line up:

Jay Nash

Joe Purdy

Meiko

Garrison Starr

Joey Ryan

Chris Seefried

Althea Jean

Monica Behan

We would like to say THANK YOU to our generous event sponsors:

Duane and Dalia Stiller Foundation

Cerow Agency

North Country Public Radio

See you July 4th!

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