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Time to Get Vocal (part 2). Governor Cuomo Can Help Restore the St. Lawrence River.

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lee

We need your help. The River needs your help.Heron-Sunlit

In June of last year the IJC referred Plan 2014 to the federal government and recommended its implementation immediately. More than a year later we are still waiting.

We need Governor Cuomo to help break this logjam. His voice will have a real impact on federal approval of this Plan.

Please contact Governor Cuomo and let him know that you support Plan 2014. Ask him to publicly support it too!

Call Governor Cuomo today: 518-474-8390

  • Click HERE to see a sample letter for talking points or you can use your own
  • follow up your call by mailing your version of the sample letter to him
  • Click HERE to send your letter electronically, choose “environmental concerns” from the drop-down menu, and copy and paste your customized letter to the “Message” section
  • Please also share this email with others who want a healthy St. Lawrence River and ask them to contact the Governor too
  • Once you make the call let us know on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SupportPlan2014

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Vote for the River. Vote for Plan 2014. UPDATED

September 26th, 2014 | Posted by Lee
And the Results Are In!
Overwhelming Support for Plan 2014.
WDT Poll of on-line readers
from Friday, September 26, 2014:
Vote for the River.
Support Plan 2014 today.

Go to the Watertown Daily Times homepage and SCROLL DOWN to vote to support Plan 2014.

WDT Plan 2014 Poll

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Thank Congressman Owens for Plan 2014 Support

August 1st, 2013 | Posted by Lee

2013-07-31 Cong OwensCongressman Owens submitted succinct and eloquent comments in support of the International Joint Commission’s proposed Plan 2014 in a letter to U.S. Section Chair Lana Pollock.

Please join him in letting the IJC know that “Plan 2014 is a pragmatic, comprehensive strategy that reasonably balances environmental and economic concerns.

Comments can be submitted to the IJC on its website until August 30, 2013.

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WWF-Canada Report Finds St. Lawrence River in Jeopardy, Cites Outdated Water Levels Plan as Cause

October 15th, 2009 | Posted by admin

WWF-Canada today released a new report titled Rivers at Risk, which examines the health of 10 major Canadian rivers including the St. Lawrence.

The report finds the St. Lawrence River as currently in poor health and forecasts the River’s health as declining in the future. The main factor for the gloomy outlook: flow regulation and fragmentation on the River. The report notes that “given the poor status of the St. Lawrence and the declining forecast, restoration of environmental flows is a top priority.” Overall, WWF-Canada finds that the restoration of natural flows on rivers throughout Canada is a critical part of protecting the nation’s freshwater resources.

Save The River Endorses Report Findings, Expresses Frustration at Lack of Progress on Issue

In response to the release of WWF-Canada’s report, Save The River issued a statement endorsing the report’s findings and calling on the governments of the U.S. and Canada to cut through the bureaucracy and take swift action to protect the St. Lawrence River by adopting and implementing a water levels plan that returns the River to more natural flows.

Efforts to Set New Water Levels Plan Stalled

Just over a year ago, the International Joint Commission (IJC) proposed a one year process to do exactly what is recommended in this report – adopt a water levels regulation plan for the St. Lawrence River that returns the River to more natural flows. (Read last year’s letter from IJC Chairwoman Irene Brooks to the U.S. Secretary of State.) Unfortunately, more than a year later, the process has yet to get off the ground.  No meetings toward this important goal have been held. No public reports on next steps have been issued. No agreements between the governments of the U.S. and Canada have been reached to implement such a plan.

It is worth noting that this is the second major report of its kind in the last year and a half. In 2008, American Rivers, a U.S.-based river advocacy group, listed the St. Lawrence River on its annual Most Endangered Rivers list. The reason for the listing: an unnatural water levels and flow regime. The solution proposed: more natural regulation. We can’t help but wonder how many more national reports must be issued before the governments finally take action to protect this bi-national resource.

Time for Action

After more than 10 years of study and debate, we have a crystal clear solution that will, in one fell swoop, improve the health of the St. Lawrence and protect the River as it faces future threats such as climate change. As the IJC noted last year, both science and public opinion agree on this issue. Unfortunately, progress towards this goal has stopped within clear sight of the finish line. People who care about the St. Lawrence River must take this opportunity to call upon policymakers in Washington and Ottawa, as well as New York, Ontario and Quebec, and demand immediate action on this incredibly important issue. The health of the St. Lawrence and River communities on both sides of the border depends upon it.

To Learn More

Learn more about the impact of fifty years of unnatural flows on the St. Lawrence and solutions that will return the River to more natural flows.

Learn more about WWF-Canada’s Rivers at Risk report.

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Statement from Save The River on the release of World Wildlife Fund-Canada’s Rivers At Risk report

October 15th, 2009 | Posted by admin

Thursday, October 15, 2009 (Clayton, NY) – Today, WWF-Canada released a new report titled Rivers at Risk, which examines the health of 10 major Canadian rivers. The report finds the St. Lawrence River as currently in poor health and forecasts the River’s health as declining in the future. The main factor for the gloomy outlook: flow regulation and fragmentation on the River. The report notes that “given the poor status of the St. Lawrence and the declining forecast, restoration of environmental flows is a top priority.”

Just over a year ago, the International Joint Commission (IJC) proposed a one year process to do exactly what is recommended in this report – adopt a water levels regulation plan for the St. Lawrence River that returns the River to more natural flows. Unfortunately, more than a year later, the process has yet to get off the ground. No meetings toward this important goal have been held. No public reports on next steps have been issued. No agreements between the governments of the U.S. and Canada have been reached to implement such a plan.

Save The River wholeheartedly endorses this new report and its recommendations, and calls on the governments of the U.S. and Canada to cut through the bureaucracy and take swift action to protect the St. Lawrence River by adopting and implementing a water levels plan that returns the River to more natural flows.

It is worth noting that this is the second major report of its kind in the last year and a half. In 2008, American Rivers, a U.S.-based river advocacy group, listed the St. Lawrence River on its annual Most Endangered Rivers list. The reason for the listing: an unnatural water levels and flow regime. The solution proposed: more natural regulation. We can’t help but wonder how many more national reports must be issued before the governments finally take action to protect this bi-national resource.

After more than 10 years of study and debate, we have a crystal clear solution that will, in one fell swoop, improve the health of the St. Lawrence and protect the River as it faces future threats such as climate change. As the IJC noted last year, both science and public opinion agree on this issue. Unfortunately, progress towards this goal has stopped within clear sight of the finish line. People who care about the St. Lawrence River must take this opportunity to call upon policymakers in Washington and Ottawa, as well as New York, Ontario and Quebec, and demand immediate action on this incredibly important issue. The health of the St. Lawrence and River communities on both sides of the border depends upon it.

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For more on WWF-Canada’s Rivers at Risk report and the water levels issue, visit www.savetheriver.org or www.wwf.ca/rivers

For media inquiries, contact Jennifer J. Caddick, Save The River Executive Director & Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper at (315) 686-2010 or jennifer@savetheriver.org

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