Congratulations Nolan Knapp and Dustin Orvis of Reinman’s Ace Hardware team ‘Smoke on the Water’ for taking 1st place in both the chicken and rib bbq categories at Clayton’s 2nd annual Punkin Chunkin & BBQ Festival. Also a big thanks for choosing Save The River as your charity of choice, the BBQ was delicious and the donation is greatly appreciated! (pictured from left to right: Nolan Knapp, Melissa Tinney, Dustin Orvis)
“I love the “River”. Have managed to spend my vacation every year at the 1000 Islands. I love the River sun sets. Have done some other vacations, but can not beat the River – now have a summer home in Clayton area.”
Mrs. Beverley Tulloch
Our Non-Gala is only one week from now! But there is still time for you to join the Save The River’s River Remembrance Day Non-Gala Celebration.
Save The River
invites you to its
River Remembrance Day 2013 Non-Gala
Saturday evening, the nineteenth of October there will be no dinner, no dancing, no big-name entertainment.
Light a candle on your dock, deck, lawn, or living room at nine p.m. to show your love for the River and your solidarity with all of us who love it too.
HistoryThe illumination ceremony is a river tradition first practiced around the turn of the century, again on River Appreciation Day in the 70’s, and as recently as 2001. As Save The River closes its 35th anniversary celebration and another year of vigorous advocacy on behalf of the St. Lawrence River, we invite you to join us in this celebration of river spirit. The point is to remind us that we are not alone, and that if we act as a group we can protect the place we love. We’re here thanks to you and your dedication to this River.
Click Here for a reply and donation card. We will post your thoughts about the River on our website and on our Facebook page. Your tax deductible donation will go directly towards saving the River.
We thank you for your help.
“Never doubt that a group of
thoughtful, committed people can
change the world, indeed, it is the
only thing that ever has.”
If you leave your candles unattended please place them in a stable glass jar with sand in the bottom.
A little River music to listen to while you’re here
Congressional committee is poised to approve bill undermining environmental reviews of Army Corps of Engineers water resources projects.
The House T&I Committee plans to take up WRRDA , .
Everyone concerned about adequate, appropriate and critical review of Army Corps actions on the St. Lawrence River should contact their representative about the harmful provisions in the bill and about new reforms that should be added to the bill.
We urge you to tell your representative that the harmful environmental “streamlining” provisions must be stripped from the bill to ensure continued protection of the St. Lawrence River and our nation’s other inland waterways.
Please reach out to your Congress person and express your concerns with the House bill. If your House member is not on the T&I Committee ask them to reach out to the T&I Committee with your concerns.
Here are the basic points to make:
- Strike the environmental streamlining provisions in the bill – Sections 101 and 103.
- Strike the provision that eliminates the requirement for “reconnaissance studies” – the provision we used successfully to stop expansion of the Seaway – Section 104.
- Amend the “Inland Waterways Stakeholder Roundtable” language to require the inclusion of conservation organizations (such as Save The River) – Section 215.
- Strike provisions that encourage massive amounts of additional dredging at full taxpayer expense.
- Amend the bill to require the Corps to use cost-effective, low impact solutions wherever possible.
- Amend the bill to require mitigation consistent with recommendations made by the nation’s fish and wildlife experts pursuant to the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act.
To find your Congress person click here.
Of course, Bill Owens should also hear from all of us since he represents the St. Lawrence River region.
To read the most recent letter from a broad coalition of national and regional conservation groups, including Save The River, opposing environmental “streamlining” click here.
For additional background click here to a read the National Wildlife Federation’s section-by-section analysis of the House bill.
Members of New York’s Congressional delegation on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are:
Feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may receive.** Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is legislation which provides for the conservation and development of water and related resources and authorizes the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes deemed appropriate by the U.S. Congress and the President of the United States.
33 environmental, conservation, and sportsmen organizations, including Save The River, other Keeper organizations – the Waterkeeper Alliance, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the Hudson Riverkeeper, among others – submitted comments to the International Joint Commission (IJC) supporting the full implementation of Plan 2014.
The scientific research behind Plan 2014 clearly establishes the benefits of the plan. More natural rhythms of levels and flows will benefit migrating and nesting waterfowl, key wetland habitats, beaches and dunes, and “canary-in-the-coal-mine” species like the northern pike. The case for Plan 2014 is further strengthened by a growing global body of scientific literature on the consequences of regulating rivers and lakes, and on the benefits of restoring more natural flows.
Read the full letter here.
From a letter submitted today to the International Joint Commission,
“Save The River, the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, representing over 4,000 members and followers, submits this letter to express unambiguous support for the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 for the regulation of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. . .
Those of us who live, work, play, visit and love the River believe it can be restored and believe the Commission and our federal governments must act to implement Plan 2014 now, because all of us – riparians, non-riparians, boaters, paddlers, hunters, anglers, birders and those who simply want to leave a healthy, vital and thriving River to the generations that follow – have a place on the water.“
The full text of the letter can be viewed here.
What a summer it was for swimming! Once again, local beaches were clean and swimmable all summer long. During a nine week period from July to August, Save The River volunteers monitored water quality at six popular swimming areas along the St. Lawrence River for unsafe levels of E.coli. Save The River’s Beach Watch program provided up-to-date water quality information to the river community, as it has since 1999.
This summer water samples were collected and tested at Wilson 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, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay. Each week, Save The River shared the results in the T.I. Sun and on social media.
Several organizations and volunteers provided key support to the Beach Watch program in 2013. Jean and Ron Daly, Brandon Hollis, Abigail Mahoney, Mary and Tom Mitchell, Maria Purcell and Dick Withington took samples every week and delivered them to the Save The River office. The Thousand Islands Land Trust provided staff support for sampling at Potter’s Beach. Each week, samples were held at T.I. Reality in Clayton before being taken to and analyzed by Converse Laboratories in Watertown, a state certified facility. Without the support of these volunteers and organizations, Save The River would not be able to conduct such an extensive water sampling program.
Test results were compared to New York State Department of Health standards for beach swimming water quality. Water at swimming beaches is deemed unhealthy if there are 235 colony-forming units (CFU’s) or higher of E.coli bacteria per 100 milliliters of sample water. None of the samples taken this summer for the Beach Watch program exceeded this guideline.
Exposure to high levels of E.coli bacteria can cause serious health problems. The elderly and young children are especially suceptible. Symptoms of infection include: chills, fever, diarrhea and cramping. To stay safe, be sure to never swallow swimming water and always wash hands after swimming and before eating.
Scientific studies have also indicated that the presence of Cladophora, a type of green algae that occurs naturally in the River and throughout the Great Lakes region, can harbor unsafe levels of bacteria. Swimmers should always look for the presence of Cladophora algae before swimming at most locations on the River.
Click here for a summary and full listing of 2013 results. Be sure to check up on your favorite swimming spots once Beach Watch resumes next summer. Results are always available at the Save The River office in Clayton, and on our website.
To get involved with Beach Watch 2014, call Save The River at (315) 686-2010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO VOICE YOUR OPINION!
The public comment period on a new, modern water level plan closes this Friday, August 30th.
It is Critical that You Show Your Support for Plan 2014 – The IJC Needs to Hear from You!
► The International Joint Commission is accepting comments until August 30th. You can submit your comment in support of Plan 2014 on its website.
It doesn’t have to be lengthy or eloquent. It can be as simple as “I Support Plan 2014 and believe it should be implemented now.”
We have put together information to help you voice your support for Plan 2014 including sample comments.
Fifty years of human-regulated water levels have significantly altered the St. Lawrence River’s natural processes, damaging the environment by reducing habitat diversity, decimating populations of key native species, shortening our recreational boating season and harming our tourism-based economy.
After years of study and public input the International Joint Commission has put forward a modern approach. Plan 2014 will achieve a balance of benefits for all interests by taking into account the needs of the River and Lake Ontario ecosystem for the first time. When implemented, it will begin to reverse the damage caused by 50 years of destructive regulation, and allow the River and Lake to once again thrive. For more details about Plan 2014 visit Save The River and the International Joint Commission websites.
Many of you are veterans of this fight – we’ve been here before. Over the past year many of you have added your calm voices to the public information sessions, and your signatures on our petition and sign-on letters to the IJC and Governor Cuomo. Those expressions of support – almost 10,000 strong – have gotten us to this point. We now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore our coastal ecosystems and improve the health of our River and Lake. But the opponents of any change, although fewer in number, are very vocal in their opposition.
Add your voice to the many others who have already spoken out in support of restoration of the Lake and River ecosystem.
. . . because we all have a place on the water.
Make your voice heard:
Speak up for Plan 2014 a modern water levels plan to restore the St. Lawrence River.
Other ways to support Plan 2014:
The IJC is accepting written comments until August 30th. You can submit your comment in support of Plan 2014 on its website.
► Stop by Save The River and fill out a “I Support Plan 2014″ postcard (also at many local businesses and organizations)
We have put together information to help you voice your support for Plan 2014 including tips for attending the hearing and sample talking points to help you craft your comments. Visit our Plan 2014 website and scroll down for more information.