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Calling All Photographers!

February 4th, 2019 | Posted by Margaret Hummel

We are now accepting submissions of St. Lawrence River photos for our annual calendar photo contest. All photos will be considered, including film prints and digital images, and pictures from all seasons on the River are encouraged. Over 90 images will be included in the calendar.

Photographers whose submissions are chosen as one of the 14 featured images (cover and 13 months) will receive a complimentary 2019-2020 calendar. Calendars will be available for sale in May 2019 with all proceeds directly supporting Save The River’s river protection programs.

The deadline for submission is March 4, 2019.

Information on submitting photos:

  • Submissions should include contact information including first and last name, mailing address, and email address.
  • Digital images must be high resolution and greater than 300 dpi. (Hint: The file size will be approximately 3 MB or larger).
  • Photographers submitting photos grant Save The River a non-exclusive right to use the image(s) for any purpose in perpetuity. Ownership of the image will remain the property of the photographer.
  • Photos can be submitted to Save The River via email to with ‘Calendar Photo Contest’ in the subject or via postal mail to Save The River, Attention Calendar Photo Contest, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY, 13624.

Caption: The cover image of the 2018-2019 Save The River calendar was a unique submerged shot of the River bottom, taken by Anthony Ingerson. 

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Peter Annin, Leading Expert on Water Diversions, to Speak at the Winter Environmental Conference

January 28th, 2019 | Posted by Margaret Hummel

Peter Annin, author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, will be our featured speaker at this year’s Winter Environmental Conference (WEC). Learn about the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona. Through the prism of the past, this talk analyzes the future of the Great Lakes water diversion management, currently controlled by the Great Lakes Compact, a legal document that went into effect in 2008. Learn about several noteworthy Great Lakes diversions that already exist, along with potential water diversions of the future, including the controversial Foxconn water diversion that has been proposed south of Milwaukee, WI.

Peter Annin is the director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College in Ashland, WI. Before coming to Northland College in 2015, Peter served as a reporter at Newsweek, the associate director of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, and the managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative. He continues to report on the Great Lakes water diversion issue and published a second edition of The Great Lakes Water Wars in the fall of 2018.

In addition to hearing Peter speak at the WEC, you’ll be able to purchase a copy of his recently released, revised version of The Great Lakes Water Wars ($30) and have your copy signed during an author meet and greet (hosted during the 12 – 1 pm lunch hour of WEC).

Hear Peter speak Saturday, February 2 at the WEC, hosted at Clayton’s 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Call (315) 686-2010 to register; $50 conference fee includes morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon snack, and light appetizers during cocktail hour (cash bar). Click here for the registration form. 

New this year: for those unable to make the trip to Clayton, we will be hosting a professional live stream of the WEC. In order to support this exciting new offering, there is a suggested donation of $25. The hyperlink for the live stream will be emailed the week of the conference.

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Success! Plan 2014 Enacted!

December 9th, 2016 | Posted by Lee


After almost 20 years of effort the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario have a new, modern water levels plan.

success-plan-2014-enacted-square-1Today the International Joint Commission announced that Plan 2014 will be implemented, returning more natural levels and flows to the River.

Replacing the current, more than 50-year-old plan, will begin the restoration of critical wetland habitat. The tourism economy of the River communities, dependent as it is on a healthy River ecosystem, will also see significant benefits.

Save The River has advocated for a modern water levels plan for the River for decades and we continued our efforts with others this year following American River’s designation of the St. Lawrence as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. But the announcement today could not have happened without our members and followers, the thousands of individuals who love the Lake and River and the other conservation, environmental and sportsmen organizations, businesses, governments, and elected officials who have demanded real change and action.

We commend the IJC, and the U.S. and Canadian governments and are proud of the role Save The River, its members, followers and partners, played in seeing Plan 2014 enacted.

plan-2014-appealThe benefits of Plan 2014 include: a 40% increase in wet meadow acreage; a 39% rebound in populations of Northern Pike, the top fish predator in coastal marshes; a 16% rebound in Black Tern populations, a state listed endangered species; a $9.1 million annual increase in recreational activity along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario; a frequently longer recreational boating season; and will continue over 50 years of significant shoreline protection.

Save The River is committed to seeing that the improvements in River health envisioned in Plan 2014 are realized. And while the new plan is a significant step to restoring the River, it is just a piece of our mission to preserve, protect and restore the St. Lawrence River to ensure it is passed on undiminished for future generations to share; providing safe drinking water, is a home to a thriving range of indigenous species and supporting sustainable economic activity.

Click here for our press release on the enactment of Plan 2014.

Click here for links to Plan 2014 support efforts in 2016.



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IJC Recommends Plan 2014, US Canadian Governments Must Act

June 17th, 2014 | Posted by Lee

2014-06-17 Water Levels Press Release

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Speakers announced for the 2014 Winter Environmental Conference

December 10th, 2013 | Posted by admin

2014 Winter Environmental Conference banner

The 25th Annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Clayton Opera House, Clayton, New York. Each year the conference provides attendees the opportunity to hear from and engage with knowledgeable and recognized speakers about topics of significance to the health of the St. Lawrence River.

The upcoming anniversary conference will feature two women with unique and critical perspectives on the current and future uses and protection of the River.

Maude Barlow, is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of The Blue Planet Project. She is the recipient of numerous environmental awards and has served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. Ms. Barlow is the author of the international bestseller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water and, more recently Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever, considered a call to action to create a water-secure world.

Betty Sutton, is the tenth Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Since being sworn in August 2013, Administrator Sutton has traveled the length of the Seaway meeting with a range of stakeholders. She has spoken frequently about the need to balance the economic interests of the shippers, industries and ports who use the Seaway with the environmental impact of those uses on the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.

Additional speakers will update attendees on emerging science about water quality issues in the Great Lakes and River, and share news about critical River fisheries and Save The River’s In the Schools program.

Conference Details: (Full Agenda to follow)

9:30 – Registration and morning coffee

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Winter Environmental Conference

4:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception, cash bar and silent auction

Conference registration:

$40 Registration includes coffee, lunch, and cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres

Registration is open until January 31, 2014

To register call 315-686-2010 or download the invitation, fill out your information and mail to Save The River: 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624

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Press Release: Businesses in River Community Come Together To Support New Approach To Water Level Regulation

April 24th, 2012 | Posted by admin


Business Community Joins Environmental Groups Calling for Speedy Approval of Plan Bv7.
Additional Environmental, Conservation and Sportsmen Organizations Offer Support.

A growing group of 18 business and business-related groups in the river community today joined environmental organizations by sending a letter to the International Joint Commission (IJC) urging the adoption of Plan Bv7. Plan Bv7 is a new proposed approach to water level regulation in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The plan would move towards more natural flows in the lake and the river which will benefit the environment and provide economic benefits to the region.

The latest letter is a strong show of support from business interests who recognize that this new approach to water level regulation is helpful to the economy. On March 26, 2012 an international group of 24 environmental, conservation and sportsmen organizations, led by Save The River and The Nature Conservancy, sent a letter of support for Bv7 to the IJC. The latest letter adds to a growing, diverse coalition of environmental, economic, landowner, and citizen groups that are supporting the new plan. Furthermore, the list of environmental, conservation and sportsmen organizations supporting Plan Bv7 has grown to 28.

In the letter submitted today the groups state, “Our businesses, organizations and the economy of this 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.” The list of businesses supporting Plan Bv7 will grow in the coming weeks as organizations from the river community and across New York State add their names to this letter.

Jennifer Caddick, Save The River executive director, said, “Plan Bv7 is a balanced approach to regulating water levels and the letter sent to the IJC today is clear evidence of that. Momentum is growing and we are very pleased that this growing support includes businesses from our community that recognize that this new plan has real, substantial benefits for everyone.”

The letter of support was signed by:

The Clayton Guides Association (Clayton, NY); Classic Island Tours (Clayton, NY); Chalk’s Marina & Boat Sales (Fisher’s Landing, NY); Chaumont Yacht Club (Chaumont, NY); Coyote Vision (Pittsford, NY); Gamble Distributors (Carthage, NY); Garlock’s Lumber and Hardware (Alexandria Bay, NY); Martin’s Marina & Motel (Cape Vincent); Northern Marine (Clayton, NY); Paul Norton Canvas (Chaumont, NY); RJ Marine (Clayton, NY); Schermerhorn Harbor (Hammond, NY); The Ship Motel (Alexandria Bay, NY); Sign Man Charters (Clayton, NY); London and District Labour Council (London, Ontario); Uncle Sam Boat Tours (Alexandria Bay, NY); Van’s Motor Marine Inc. (Alexandria Bay, NY); and Wright’s Marine (Morristown, NY).

Four environmental, conservation and sportsmen organizations have added their names to the coalition’s March 26th letter. These groups include: Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, The International Water Levels Coalition and The Lake Plains Waterfowl Association.

Plan Bv7 was announced on January 30th and represents an innovative approach to water level regulation in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. At that time Save The River and The Nature Conservancy expressed their support for the approach contained in Plan Bv7, which will deliver environmental improvements along with substantial benefits for the regional economy and property owners.

A copy of the letter is attached. More information on Plan Bv7 is available on web sites of Save The River and The Nature Conservancy. These pages will provide continuous updates on the review and approval of Plan Bv7. Any group, business or individual interested in supporting Plan Bv7 is invited to contact either organization.


About Save The River:

Save The River was formed in 1978 to protect and preserve the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education, and research.

About Plan Bv7:

Plan Bv7 has been formulated over the course of ten years with the input of more than 180 stakeholder representatives, experts, and scientists from government agencies, academia, NGO’s and industry in New York, Ontario, and Quebec.

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Press Release: Save The River Reports on 2011 Summer Beach Water Quality

September 20th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Clayton, NY (September 20, 2011) – Save The River’s Beach Watch Program monitored seven popular swimming areas over a nine-week period in July and August, providing a snapshot of summer swimming water quality. Overall, the results for this year indicated that the water quality at sampled beaches was within state and federal safe swimming standards.

Water quality sampling this year did not find consistently high levels of bacteria at Wilson’s Bay in Cape Vincent and Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, as in previous years. Wilson’s Bay did see a spike in bacteria levels on August 22nd, although the sample was still within safe state swimming water standards. (See fact sheet for detailed sampling results.)

Save The River Beach Watch volunteers sampled seven sites this season – Wilson’s Bay in Cape Vincent, Frink Dock in Clayton, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Lake of the Isles near Wellesley Island, Round Island near Clayton, Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay and Waddington Town Beach in Waddington. Water samples are tested for E.coli, a bacterium found in the intestines. Test results are compared to New York State Department of Health standards for beach swimming water quality. New York State guidelines are that 235 CFUs or higher of E.coli bacteria per 100 milliliters of sample water is deemed unhealthy at swimming beaches. None of the samples taken this summer exceeded this guideline.

High levels of E.coli bacteria can cause health problems such as rashes and gastrointestinal illness, and are dangerous to the very old, very young or anyone with a compromised immune system.  Symptoms of infection include: chills, fever, diarrhea and cramping.  To reduce the risk of acquiring a bacteria-related illness, beach goers should employ the following simple safety measures: never swallow swimming water and wash hands after swimming and before eating.

Also, scientific studies have indicated that the presence of Cladophora, a type of green algae, can harbor unsafe levels of bacteria.  Save The River believes there is a strong indication that, on occasion, Wilson’s Bay experiences high levels of bacteria due to the presence of Cladophora. Save The River suggests looking for the presence of Cladophora algae before swimming at most locations on the river.

Save The River’s Beach Watch Program has been providing swimming water data to the Thousand Islands community since 1999.  All samples are taken by Save The River volunteers and analyzed by Converse Laboratories in Watertown, a state certified facility.

Several organizations provided key support to the Beach Watch program in 2011. Water samples were collected at Bowes Realty in Clayton and taken to Watertown each week through a sample collection coordination program in conjunction with Converse Laboratories. The Thousand Islands Land Trust provided staff support for the additional sampling at Potter’s Beach. And, volunteers took weekly samples at each of the seven beaches tested.

The full listing of 2011 sampling results and a summary are available on Save The River’s website, as well as results from prior years. During the swimming season, interested beach goers can sign up for Save The River’s weekly notification of Beach Watch information. To sign up, call Save The River at (315) 686-2010 or e-mail


For more information, contact Kayla Montanye at Save The River, (315) 686-2010.

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Press Release: Tickets On Sale Memorial Day Weekend For 8th Annual Rock For The River Benefit Concert

May 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin


May 23, 2011

Tickets for Save The River’s 8th annual Rock for the River benefit concert, to be held Saturday, July 2 at the Clayton Opera House, will go on sale starting Friday, May 27.

Join Save The River for this special musical event celebrating the River. 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, Chris Pierce, Garrison Starr, The Milk Carton Kids, Althea Jean, Chris Seefried, and special guests.

All ticket proceeds directly support Save The River’s advocacy, education and research programs. Doors open at 7 and tickets are $30 advance or $35 at the door. Purchase tickets by calling Save The River at (315) 686-2010, or by visiting the Save The River office on Riverside Drive, in downtown Clayton next to the Opera House. Save The River’s Memorial Day weekend hours are 9a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Starting Tuesday, May 31 Save The River will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To learn more about Rock for the River 8 or Save The River’s programs, visit

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For more information: Jennifer Caddick, Executive Director, Save The River (315) 686 2010

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As Seaway Opens, Groups Call for Strong Coordinated Action to Stop Invasive Species

March 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin

Great Lakes United * National Wildlife Federation * Save The River

As Seaway Opens, Groups Call for Strong Coordinated Action to Stop Invasive Species

Buffalo, N.Y. (MARCH 21) —In what is turning out to be a pivotal year in the battle to protect the Great Lakes and other waters from the onslaught of invasive species, conservation organizations are calling for strong, coordinated action by the U.S. and Canadian governments to stop ships from dumping ballast water filled with harmful biological pollution.

The call for action comes as the St. Lawrence Seaway prepares to open tomorrow for its 52nd season amidst the myriad of pending state and federal ballast water regulations aimed at protecting U.S. and Canadian waters from species like the zebra mussel and round goby—unwanted invaders that cost Great Lakes citizens, businesses and cities more than $200 million per year in damages and control costs.

“For years, the Seaway opening has been a huge sign advertising the Great Lakes are open for the next invasion,” said Jennifer Nalbone, director of navigation and invasive species for Great Lakes United. “The Great Lakes are home to a multi-billion dollar fishery and source of drinking water for tens of millions of people. They require the highest protections possible, not the most convenient.”

This year could be a turning point in the fight against invasive species. After over 20 years of virtual inaction, the U.S. and Canadian governments are setting the stage to finally confront the ongoing problem of invasive species so that shared waters can be protected from biological pollution. However challenges remain regarding harmonizing regulations on shared waterways.

The groups are urging the U.S. and Canada and the region’s states to move quickly to coordinate and implement the highest protective standards proposed in the region, across the region, to mandate that ships do not dump harmful invaders into bi-national waters.

After years of inadequate action by the two federal governments, momentum is building to shut the door on aquatic invasive species—due largely to the efforts of state public officials who have passed ballast requirements and established numeric ballast water discharge standards, as well as advocacy groups, which have filed lawsuits to protect water quality. A recent court settlement requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to define a numeric ballast water discharge standard by 2012. In addition, the federal government of Canada has ratified the International Maritime Organization’s Ballast Water Management Convention—considered minimally protective of water quality—and is planning to incorporate the IMO’s numeric standard in the Canada Shipping Act. The U.S. Coast Guard will be finalizing a rule to establish a ballast water discharge standard this spring, proposed in 2009 to be the IMO standard, and strengthened as treatment technology advances.

”The stage is now set for the U. S. and Canada to stand and deliver,” said Marc Smith, senior policy manager with National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office. “The question is, ‘Will they?’ We encourage public officials to take strong action to protect the Great Lakes and other waters from aquatic invasive species.”

The shipping industry has unsuccessfully challenged in court state regulations to stop invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. The industry has also lobbied Congress and the Administration for weaker standards for foreign vessels and loopholes that could delay implementation by lakers of the pending Coast Guard rule. The federal government of Canada is also lobbying Congress, the Administration, and state of New York to weaken proposed standards in New York.

The No. 1 way non-native species enter the Great Lakes is through ballast water discharge of foreign vessels. Lakers, vessels that never leave the Great Lakes, do not introduce new invasive species from overseas but can spread species from lake to lake. Currently the most stringent regulations being implemented by foreign vessels coming to the Great Lakes are two management practices: ballast water exchange, which has been required on approximately 10% of vessels entering the Great Lakes region since 1996, and flushing of empty tanks (for 90% of vessels entering the region termed “no ballast on board” or NOBOB), which was imposed by Canada in 2006 and the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2008. Ballast water exchange and NOBOB flushing are beneficial and have reduced the risk of new invasive species establishment by purging organisms in the open ocean or shocking freshwater organisms with high salinity water. But a 2007 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association states that both salinity shock and volumetric ballast exchange are “imperfect and subject to widely variable efficacy depending on taxa” and that the risk of new establishment of invasive species remains.

“It’s frustrating to see the start of another shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway knowing that still more needs to be done to clean up ship ballast tanks,” said Jennifer Caddick, Executive Director for Save The River. “The Seaway agencies and shipping industry have been painting themselves green. Unfortunately, the reality is that they have fought regulations that are protective of our Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River waters, such as New York’s strong rules to clean up ship ballast tanks, at every step of the way. Rather than fighting regulations, I wonder how far we could be today if that energy was instead spent advancing ballast treatment technology.”

For more information:

NOAA’s “Assessment of Transoceanic NOBOB Vessels and Low-Salinity Ballast Water as Vectors for Non-indigenous Species Introductions to the Great Lakes” can be found here:


Jennifer Nalbone, Great Lakes United: 716-983-3831;

Marc Smith, National Wildlife Federation: 734-887-7116;

Jennifer Caddick, Save The River: 315-686-2010;

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Press Release: Save The River Honors Two with Volunteer of the Year Awards

August 12th, 2010 | Posted by admin

Wellesley Island, NY (August 12, 2010) – Save The River today will honor two volunteers with the Volunteer of the Year Award at the organization’s annual volunteer picnic. The award is given to volunteers who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts and whose volunteer assistance has moved Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River forward in a significant way. The picnic and award presentation will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority’s ‘Rift Camp’ on Wellesley Island.

Last year, Save The River’s nearly 300 volunteers provided more than 3,200 hours of service – the equivalent of nearly 400 eight-hour days – in support of Save The River’s advocacy, education and research programs. Volunteers assist with a variety of projects, from monitoring River health to stuffing envelopes and providing expertise on River policy issues.

“The time and expertise, often combined with hands-on labor, that volunteers provide is critical to the strength of Save The River’s efforts to protect the St. Lawrence River. Volunteers magnify the capacity of our small staff and our River protection programs,” stated Save The River’s Executive Director Jennifer Caddick. “We are thrilled to recognize this year’s recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Awards for their dedication and commitment to Save The River. We are a stronger organization thanks to their efforts.”

Jim McGarry, Oak Point and Ithaca, NY – Although a relatively new volunteer, Jim jumped in with both feet two years ago and has become a leader in the Common Tern restoration program. The program is a partnership working to restore the population and habitat of Common Terns, a threatened bird species once abundant on the River. After reading everything the Cornell Ornithology lab had on Common Terns, Jim got to work developing innovative methods to reduce predation while increasing the amount of suitable habitat for the birds. In addition to braving fierce adult Common Terns while monitoring nests and counting eggs and chicks on a weekly basis, Jim has also been key in efforts to band additional birds and develop better reporting methods for volunteer monitors. Jim’s efforts have directly led to an increase in breeding success at two historic nesting sites, providing a significant boost to the Common Tern population on the River.

Jay Nash, Clayton and Ludlow, VT – Seven years ago, long-time supporter Jay Nash approached Save The River with an idea – bring the best independent singer-songwriters to Clayton for a night of music to benefit Save The River. Today, the event, Rock for the River, has grown into Save The River’s largest annual fundraiser. Over the past seven years, the event has raised more than $40,000 for Save The River’s programs. Additionally, much of Jay’s music has been influenced by the River and it seems that he’s always sporting a Save The River tee at shows around the U.S. and Europe, which has been so important in spreading the word throughout the U.S. and Europe about the importance of protecting the St. Lawrence River.

For more information on Save The River’s volunteer programs, visit and click on ‘Get Involved’.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Caddick, Save The River Executive Director

E-mail: / Phone: (315) 686-2010 / Cell: (315) 767-2802

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