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Highlights of Save The River’s 28th Winter Conference

February 25th, 2017 | Posted by admin

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You’ll want to be at our Winter Environmental Conference for this presentation

January 4th, 2017 | Posted by Lee

Plan 2014 is officially on the agenda for the conference!

Rob Caldwell, Canadian Regulation Representative to the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, will be presenting at the conference on: “Regulation of Lake Ontario Outflows with Plan 2014”

He knows the subject well. In 1999, Rob joined the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Regulation Office of Environment and Climate Change Canada inCornwall, Ontario as a Water Resources Engineer, and has been the Manager since 2013. Rob is Canadian Regulation Representative, International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Board, and Canadian Secretary, International Lake Superior Board of Control. He participated in the Hydrology & Hydraulics Technical Working Group during the Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence Study and worked on the transition to Plan 2014.

If you have questions, Rob will have answers. His presentation will cover the new Supplementary Order issued by the IJC December 8, 2016, adopting Plan 2014 effective January 7, 2017. He will compare this long-anticipated new regulatory regime to the former one. Differences, including potential benefits and impacts, will be also discussed.

So join us, your friends – old & new at Clayton’s 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel to celebrate and learn about the River we love.

Schedule:  Saturday, February 4, 2017

9:30am  – Registration and morning coffee

10:00 am – 4:00pm Presentations

4:00 pm – Cocktail Reception with cash bar

Additional details and updates will be posted here & on our Facebook events page

Conference fee: $50 (includes coffee, lunch, & cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres)

RSVP no later than Friday, January 27, 2017 to Save The River using the form found here or by calling us at (315) 686-2010.

We’ll see you there!

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Join Us! Save The River’s 28th Winter Environmental Conference

January 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Lee

It’s here – a new year, ice, lake effect snow, and . . .

Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference.

Attendees at our 28th annual conference, Saturday, February 4th, will hear presentations on the state of the fishery, policy changes in the U.S. and Canada that may impact the health of the River, local projects affecting the River and more. AND, of course, Plan 2014.

In addition to information sharing, the Conference is an excellent mid-winter opportunity to gather and renew the ties and fellowship that bind us together in the common cause we share – protecting the St. Lawrence River now and for generations to come.

So join us, your friends – old & new at Clayton’s 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel to celebrate and learn about the River we love.

Schedule:  Saturday, February 4, 2017

9:30am  – Registration and morning coffee

10:00 am – 4:00pm Presentations

4:00 pm – Cocktail Reception with cash bar

Additional details and updates will be posted here & on our Facebook events page

Conference fee: $50 (includes coffee, lunch, & cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres)

RSVP no later than Friday, January 27, 2017 to Save The River using the form found here or by calling us at (315) 686-2010.

We’ll see you there!

 

 

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“Meet the upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper; Save The River prepares to host annual conference”

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin

Great coverage by North Country Public Radio of our upcoming Winter Environmental Conference

“The upper St. Lawrence River’s largest environmental group holds its annual winter conference this weekend.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will be one of the speakers at Save The River’s conference this Saturday at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton.”

Tony Maas, Principal of Maas Strategies, is a nationally recognized water policy expert in Canada. He will be providing an update on Canadian environmental policy and Ontario’s Great Lakes Protection Act.

With the potential for New York State voters to vote for a constitutional convention in 2017, van Rossum will speak about the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

“Speakers will also tackle topics that kept Save The River busy in 2015, including passing a new, more environmentally-friendly water levels management plan for the river, and opposing Montreal’s dumping of raw sewage into the river last fall.”

Visit NCPR’s website for the full story:http://ow.ly/XTDaK

There’s still time to register for the conference. For more information call Save The River at 315-686-2010 or visit: http://ow.ly/WUDZF

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Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, environmental historian, to speak on Plan 2014 at Winter Environmental Conference

January 21st, 2016 | Posted by admin

Macfarlane- Sustainability Studies_150_0Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, Assistant Professor of Freshwater Policy at Western Michigan University, will speak at Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference about Plan 2014, the long anticipated, but currently stalled, modern water levels management plan, proposed by the International Joint Commission in June 2014.

In a well-received editorial published last September in the Standard-Freeholder, a Cornwall, Ontario newspaper, Dr. Macfarlane wrote, “Since the IJC can’t unilaterally implement its Plan 2014 recommendation, it is up to the Canadian and American governments to decide what to do. They must adopt it. The current method of regulation is an anachronism. Plan 2014 is just a step in the right direction.”

Save The River is pleased to have Dr. Macfarlane share his perspective on the need for a modern water levels plan for the River. His extensive knowledge of the history of the Seaway and dams that have caused ecological damage to wetland habitat and declines in key species will be very helpful as we approach the second anniversary of the referral of Plan 2014 – a plan that will begin to reverse that damage.

Dr. Macfarlane is an environmental historian and policy scholar specializing in border waters in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin, and is author of the award-winning 2014 book “Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway” which was based on his doctoral dissertation at the University of Ottawa and explores, among other aspects, the ecological impact of building the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. He is currently writing a book on the history of engineering Niagara Falls, researching the history of Great Lakes water levels, co-editing a book on US-Canadian border waters, and working on the history of the International Joint Commission.

Other speakers at Save The River’s conference include Congresswoman Stefanik who will update attendees on her work to address issues of importance to the St. Lawrence River. Other speakers will address Montreal’s sewage dump this past fall, possible transport of crude oil on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, plastic pollution in our waterways, and the need for constitutional guarantees for clean water and air in the New York State constitution.

Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference is open to the public. Registration is $50 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres.  Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by Friday, January 29th by calling (315) 686-2010 or by downloading and submitting the registration form.

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Save The River’s 26th Winter Environmental Conference Agenda Set

January 26th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Transport of oil on the St. Lawrence River to be a major topic

Saturday, February 7th, Save The River will once again provide area residents and public officials the opportunity to hear from scientists, experts, activists and educators about issues of importance to the health of the St. Lawrence River. The 26th Annual Winter Environmental Conference is open to the public and anyone interested in the future of the River is encouraged to attend.

Oil shipments on the St. Lawrence River are already an unpleasant reality. However, dramatically increased extraction of heavy oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands has lead to increased pressure to transport these cargoes on and near the River. These volatile cargoes pose new and alarming threats to the River due to their unique chemical characteristics that make them difficult to handle and recover if spilled.

A panel of experts will examine the implications of moving these new, toxic cargoes on and near the St. Lawrence River. The panel will include Kushan Dave, Cornell University, co-author of the recently published report “A New Era of Crude Oil Transport”, Anthony Mangoni, District Response Advisory Team Supervisor, Ninth Coast Guard District, Gary McCullough of the NYS DEC, and Emma Lui from the Council of Canadians. There will also be a visual presentation about the source of this potential new cargo by Alex MacLean.

Additional speakers will provide updates on issues directly affecting the health of the St. Lawrence River and in which the River community has taken an active role. Dereth Glance, Commissioner to the U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission, will speak about the status of Plan 2014 and other water quality initiatives being undertaken by the IJC. Jennifer Nalbone, New York State Attorney General’s Office, will provide an update on microbeads, the tiny plastic particles contained in personal care products, that have been found in alarming concentrations in the River, and the effort to ban them in New York. Matt Windle, Research Scientist at the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, will speak about his research on the American Eel a once thriving and still iconic and culturally significant, but threatened St. Lawrence River inhabitant.

Rounding out the day will be presentations about Save The River’s educational programs, In the Schools and Riverkeeper, from educators and partners who will share their experiences and how they are implementing the programs in their classroom. Attendees will hear about programs aboard the Tall Ship Fair Jeanne, the Canadian sail training ship operated by the Ottawa-based youth charity, Bytown Brigantine Inc. from the captain and president and from Mary Bowman, Thousand Island Middle School teacher, who sailed on the NOAA research ship Lake Guardian.

Registration for the Winter Environmental Conference is $45 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres.  Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by calling (315) 686-2010 or by downloading and submitting the registration form.

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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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Registration Form – 2015 Winter Environmental Conference

December 29th, 2014 | Posted by Lee

Click here for printable registration form for this year’s Winter Environmental Conference

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Agenda set for 25th Annual Winter Environmental Conference, Saturday, February 8, 2014

January 20th, 2014 | Posted by Kate

For 25 years, Save The River’s Winter Environmental Conference has brought together policy makers, scientists, elected officials and citizens to discuss the most critical issues facing the River.  This year we are pleased to announce a diverse agenda highlighting topics on important policy issues , emerging sciences and exciting programs that focus on the  health of  the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes.

Morning Presentations: (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

The Seaway – Environmentally Friendly, Economically Important. Betty Sutton, Tenth Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

The Seaway as Gatekeeper – Managing Ballast Water. Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

The Great Lakes Environmental Assessment Mapping Project. Greg Boyer, Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The Great Lakes: Solutions for 21st Century Economic and Environmental Challenges. Stu Gruskin, Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy New York

Lunch (12:00 noon) Featuring a special artistic preview of Louis Helbig’s upcoming Sunken Villages exhibition.

Keynote Address

  • The Great River Needs Great Friends, Protecting the St Lawrence Forever. Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of The Blue Planet Project

Afternoon Presentations: (2:00 – 4:30 pm)

The Perils of Plastics: Great Lakes Plastic Pollution Survey. Dr. Sherri A. Mason, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Fredonia

Lake Sturgeon: The Once and Future King. Rodger Klindt, Aquatic Biologist, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Lake Ontario Education & Research Aboard the Lake Guardian. Helen Domske, Sr. Extension Specialist, New York Sea Grant, Cornell University

Save The River In the Schools. Kathy Morris, Education Consultant with Save The River’s In the Schools

Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction (4:30 – 6:00 pm)

  • Book Signing with Maude Barlow
  • Meet the speakers and learn more about their projects and programs.
  • Bid on wonderful River inspired art, literature, events, adventures and gear.

To register:

Open to the Public.  Conference Registration is $40 and includes coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception with light hor d’oevres by Bella’s.  Please RSVP by calling (315) 686-2010 or downloading and returning the reservation form.

Conference will be held at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624.

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Are you attending the Winter Environmental Conference? Then plan your weekend with other River events

January 16th, 2014 | Posted by Kate

Save The River’s annual Winter Environmental Conference isn’t the only event happening in Clayton the weekend of February 8th. While you are here for the Conference also check out these other area events to complete your winter weekend get-a-way.

Friday, February 7th,  5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Thousand Islands Arts Center will host  an opening reception for the Art of Winter Exhibition and the unveiling of the Handweaving Museum Display on Friday, February 7th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. TIAC

The Art of Winter is a multi-media exhibition that displays artwork from regional artists of all ages and talents who have been inspired by the North Country’s cold weather months. The Handweaving Museum Display will house beautiful handwoven textiles from the Art Center’s permanent collection and will feature pieces from notable North American weavers, antique weaving tools, and informative displays that illustrate the basics and history of weaving.  The event is free, a wide selection of artwork is for sale, and light refreshments will be served. To learn more about the exhibition, display, and/or the Thousand Islands Arts Center, visit www.tiartscenter.org.

Sunday, February 9th, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Thousand Islands Land Trust will host an Eagle Watch Trek at Wellesley Island’s Thousand Islands Park on Sunday, February 9th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Join the Thousand Islands Land Trust as ornithologist Gerry Smith leads this unique bird watching opportunity. Bald Eagles often huntTILT around the waters off T.I. Park, so we will meet in the parking lot next to The Guzzle with hopes of seeing some of these majestic birds. Please dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear. Don’t forget your binoculars! Light refreshments will be served. Please register in advance by emailing treks@tilandtrust.org, by calling the TILT office at 686-5345, or by signing up on the website, www.tialandtrust.org.

For other events and activities happening in the area, check out the Clayton Chamber of Commerce or the Thousand Islands Tourism Council.

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