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Haas The Great Blue Heron Now Available

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

Save The River has published an illustrated children’s book, Haas The Great Blue Heron. It is the tale of a father heron anxiously awaiting the arrival of his chick. This beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful introduction to the Great Blue Heron and its habitat, the St. Lawrence River.

Save The River Volunteer Juliane Flora authored Haas for teachers and students participating in its In the Schools education program that teaches students in area schools about the River’s ecology and need for protection. Each year over 500 K-12 students receive classroom instruction and many of them also get hands-on experience with a field trip to the River.

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Haas The Great Blue Heron is currently available at smile.amazon.com.

A limited number of quantities are also available at Save The River’s office. Proceeds from the sale of Haas will directly support Save The River’s In the Schools program.

Publication of Haas The Great Blue Heron was made possible by a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council.

For further information please contact Kate Breheny, Program Manager, at kate@savetheriver.org.

Save The River Reports on Week 8 of Beach Watch Program

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY (August 25, 2014) - Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the river from July 7th through August 25th .  Save The River reports that all beach water samples taken on August 25th passed and the beaches are safe for swimming.

For the 2014 sampling season, Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the river: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a snapshot of water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. This is the last sampling date for this year.

As in previous years, Save The River is testing for E. coli in all of our swimming spots and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save The River office, website, and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on www.swimguide.org and in the TI Sun.

For more information please call the Save The River offices at (315)-686-2010. Additional information can also be found at www.savetheriver.org.

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Jack Butts, Sunnyside Island Voted to Save The River Board New Officers Elected

August 25th, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

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Clayton, NY (August 25, 2014) – Save The River held its Annual Membership Meeting August 21. At that meeting John (Jack) H. Butts III became the newest addition to the Save The River Board of Directors.  Jack, President and CEO of Rosco Terminal Tackle, Rome, New York, comes from a long line of River Rats; he spent his early childhood on Butts Island near Ivy Lea where he learned his love for the River.  He now calls Sunnyside Island home, where he lives with his wife Rita.  Jack is active with various other organizations on both sides of the River.

Along with Jack, five current board members returned to the board of directors for another three-year term – Skip Behrhorst, Fred Morey, John Peach, Roger Peinkofer, and Liz Raisbeck.

Save The River also elected officers for the coming year. Bill Grater, Grater Architects and a long time Save The River Board member will continue as Board President. Jeff Garnsey, Classic Island Tours, was elected Vice President. Fred Morey is returning as Treasurer, Clif Schneider Secretary and Lauran Throop as Member-At-Large.

For a list of current Save The River Board member’s click here.

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Save The River Reports on Week 7 of Beach Watch Program

August 21st, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY (August 18, 2014) - Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 7.

For the 2014 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. Sampling dates for this year are July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, and August 25.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for e. coli bacteria in all of our swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save the River offices, website and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on www.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visit www.savetheriver.org.

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Save The River Honors Exceptional Volunteers

August 15th, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

[Clayton, New York] The Save The River staff and board honored its cadre of over 500 volunteers on Thursday, August 7th at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party held at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority’s Rift Camp.

Volunteer of the year

This year Juliane Flora was honored as Volunteer of the Year.  This award is given each year to a volunteer who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts.   Ms. Flora has been a devoted volunteer for over 20 years who most recently worked with Save The River to author and publish Haas, The Great Blue Heron, a children’s book for teachers and students participating in the Save The River In the Schools education program.

“Publishing a book was a new project for Save The River. At times it seemed the challenge would prove too much, but Juliane went way beyond just providing the story. She, like most of our volunteers, brought her dedication and talents to bear and inspired us all to see it through to the end. The result is magnificent, and a great addition to Save The River’s “storied” history,” stated Lee Willbanks executive director of Save The River.

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Ms. Flora is credited with gifting her story to Save The River, where in turn proceeds from future sale of the book will directly support Save The River’s

ability to educate students about the need for River protection. Publication of the book was made possible by a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council.

Mr. Willbanks and Board President Bill Grader pointed out that volunteers who share their time and talents make it possible for the small staff of five to expand their capacity as a strong and effective voice for the protection and restoration of the River.

“The commitment of our volunteers is inspiring to the staff. It shows strong support in the community for the vital work of protecting the St. Lawrence River,” said Willbanks.

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Jefferson County, Town of Clayton Pass Resolutions Endorsing Plan 2014

August 15th, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY— The Jefferson County Board of Legislators and the Clayton Town Board have unanimously passed resolutions in support of Plan 2014 at their August and July meetings respectively. Plan 2014 is a new approach to water level management in Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River and is an issue of fundamental importance to the economy and quality of life throughout the Great Lakes region. These resolutions come on the heels of a support letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, signed by 41 environmental, sportsmen, higher education and conservation organizations including Save The River.

The support of Jefferson County and the Town of Clayton are especially important because of the recognition of the impact a healthy Lake Ontario, which borders Jefferson County to the west, and St. Lawrence River, bordering the county to the north and on which the Town of Clayton is located, will have on their tourism, recreation-based economies. Earlier this summer the International Joint Commission (IJC), which oversees regulation of water levels, referred Plan 2014 to the federal governments in the United States and Canada.

“Support for a modern water levels plan has always been strong along the St. Lawrence River. Our citizens, community and business leaders and visitors understand the strong connection between a healthy environment and a healthy economy,” said Lee Willbanks, Save The River’s executive director, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper. “ Jefferson County and the Town of Clayton have made their intentions clear. Plan 2014 must be approved without delay.”

Orleans legislator Phil Reed brought Jefferson County’s resolution to the floor saying, “after 10 years and $20 million, the impacts and benefits including increased hydropower have been thoroughly studied and it’s time for action. Over the last 60 years our habitat has taken a hit, and this will go a long way to fixing not only the fisheries but the tourism economy that relies on them.”

“Tourism is the keystone of the economic survival of the region bordering the St. Lawrence River,” stated Clayton Town Supervisor Justin Taylor, “and a healthy St. Lawrence River is the keystone to a healthy tourism industry. River residents and municipalities must stand together to support this important Plan.”

Other county legislators, including Michael J. Docteur, R-Cape Vincent, and Jeremiah J. Maxon, R-Adams, voiced their support for the plan before the board passed the resolution, noting the positive impacts of the Plan on the Lake and River and thus the region’s economy. Legislator Docteur made it clear the time has come for the Plan to be implemented.

Plan 2014 is intended to restore fish populations, wetland function and wildlife, by allowing more natural fluctuations in water levels while avoiding extreme high and low levels. The plan is the result of a 10-year, $20 million process sponsored by the IJC, which includes representatives from the U.S. and Canada. It will restore the plant and animal diversity of coastal wetlands and increase opportunities for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, proponents of the plan say.

Plan 2014 represents an innovative approach to water level regulation in Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River, working with nature as a partner, rather than an adversary. The plan was 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.

To learn more about Plan 2014 click here.

Article published by the Thousand Islands Sun on August 13th, 2014.

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Save The River Reports on Week 6 of Beach Watch Program

August 14th, 2014 | Posted by Lindsey

Clayton, NY (August 7, 2014) - Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 6.

For the 2014 sampling season Save The River volunteers are collecting water quality samples at six swimming areas along the River: Wilson Beach in Cape Vincent, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Frink Dock in Clayton, Round Island in Clayton, Lake of the Isles on Wellesley Island, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Save The River’s unique program provides a glimpse of the water quality at popular swimming areas during the peak recreational swimming season. Sampling dates for this year are July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, and August 25.

As in previous years, Save The River will be testing for e. coli bacteria in all of our swimming locations and will compare water quality results with state and federal regulations. Save The River The results will be made available to the public each week with a pass/ fail system that is available at the Save the River offices, website and by following Save The River on Facebook and Twitter. Results will also be posted on www.swimguide.org and in the T.I. Sun.

For more information please contact the Save The River office at (315)-686-2010 or visit www.savetheriver.org.

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Nature Conservancy’s Excellent Plan 2014 Webpage

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by Lee

Absolutely fantastic page for information concerning Plan 2014

TNC Plan 2014 page

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Time is Running Out on this Season’s Research!

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by Lee

Dr. Mason Needs You to Contribute Now to Replace Equipment Essential to the Effort to Ban Microplastics

Progress to-Date

Earlier we alerted you to the fact that microplastics researcher Dr. Sherri Mason has had an equipment loss that cripples her ability to conduct much needed research into the extent and impact of microplastics in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Save The River and other organizations are using her research to secure a ban of these polluting particles. See that post here.

Many of you have responded already and we are about 50% of the way to the $3,500 it will cost to replace the lost manta trawl.

Understanding the extent and impact of microplastic pollution and enacting effective bans requires scientific research, and diligent, focused advocacy based on that research. Every contribution gets us closer to replacing Dr. Mason’s manta trawl, gets her closer to being back on the water before the end of our very short boating season and gets us closer to banning microplastics from our Lakes and River.

The makers of the products that use these tiny, toxin accumulating particles want you to do nothing. But we know, as a Save The River follower, you understand the need and will make a contribution today.

Click here to make your contribution.

You can also contribute at our Indiegogo site by clicking here.

Thank you for your help in keeping this important research afloat and keeping the equally import effort to ban microplastics alive.

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2015 Save The River T-shirt Design Contest

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by Kate

Save The River announces the 2015 Save The River T-shirt Design Contest

T-shirts (Straight from Save The River’s Archives, 36 years of T-shirt history!)

Calling all River Artists! Save The River is searching for next year’s t-shirt design and we want it from you, our members.

Artists and designers of all ages and abilities please submit your original design that best captures the essence of Save The River and the excitement of the St. Lawrence River for the next iconic River T-shirt!

The winner will receive a free t-shirt, 2 tickets to Rock for the River 12, as well as recognition for your design in our storefront and in any materials promoting the 2015 Save The River t-shirt.

To be considered, submissions must follow ALL specifications and rules below:

1. You must be a Save The River member. Not a member? Join today!

2. All designs submitted must be original work from the artist.

3. Designs should be simple and able to be easily transcribed to a t-shirt.

4. Designs should include the following: Save The River and 2015.

5. Designs should be no larger than 12” tall and 9.5” wide.

6. Designs may include up to 4 colors.

7. Designs and rights to it will become the property of Save The River.

8. Submissions must be received NO LATER THAN November 1, 2014. Photos will not be accepted.

Please send your submission and contact information to:

2015 Save The River T-shirt Contest, Save The River, 409 Riverside Drive , Clayton, NY 13624

or email a PDF of your design to Save The River at info@savetheriver.org,  Re: 2015 Save The River T-shirt Contest.

Questions? Please email: info@gmail.com

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