photo by Tanya Howard

2008 Beach Watch Program

Save The River’s Beach Watch Program monitored six local swimming areas over a five-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.


To learn more about this program and view the 2008 results, visit our Beach Watch page.



St. Lawrence River Named One of the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.


Each year, American Rivers releases its Most Endangered Rivers Report which highlights 10 rivers facing uncertain futures. This year the St. Lawrence River was named number four on the list because of the IJC’s failure to consider the River environment when proposing a new water levels management plan.


The IJC recently proposed a new water levels plan, called Plan 2007, which does nothing to reverse 50 years of damage to the River environment. Plan 2007 represents business as usual, and its shocking that in this day and age of advance environmental awareness that the IJC has not moved beyond the thinking of 50 years ago. (Visit our water levels page for more information about Plan 2007 and Save The River’s reaction.)


The IJC has had the opportunity to select a scientifically-based and publicly endorsed plan - Plan B+ - but instead has turned its back on $20 million taxpayer dollars spent on five years of study and left the future health of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem uncertain.


Make your voice heard!


Visit American River’s website to send a letter to the IJC today! Let the IJC know that the status quo is unacceptable!


Attend a public information meeting or hearing scheduled by the IJC on this issue. To find when meetings are going to be held in your area, visit the IJC website.


Learn More


Read Congressman McHugh's statement here.

Read the NYS DEC's statement here.

Read Great Lakes United's statement here.

Read the Healing Our Waters Coalition statement here.


Read American River's press release here.

To read American River's full report visit their website.





Save The River Denounces IJC's proposed water levels plan

'Plan 2007' represents business as usual


In a press conference on March 28, the International Joint Commission announced a new draft water level regulation plan for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. To read Save The River's comments and more about proposed Plan 2007 visit our Water Levels page.


Seaway Sets Opening for March 22

The Seaway will open for shipping the second earliest date this year on March 22. Save The River is opposed to shipping in ice conditions and will continue to monitor ice on the River as the opening date approaches. To learn more about Save The River's criteria for opening the Seaway, visit our winter shipping page. To get the most up-to-date news on Save The River's reaction to the opening of the Seaway, sign up for our e-newsletter by sending an e-mail request to


Save The River Critiques Navigation Study: Study Dismisses Environmental Impacts of Shipping on River and Lakes

Save The River and Great Lakes United, along with 42 other regional environmental and conservation groups, recently released a thorough critique of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Navigation Study. Regional residents may recall that this report was roundly criticized by citizens and lawmakers throughout the Region for its focus on Seaway Expansion, which would have included the deepening and widening of locks and Rivers throughout the system.


While the report backs away from endorsing the expansion of the Seaway, it falls far short of articulating a sustainable navigation system plan by trivializing the environmental impacts of shipping on the River and Lakes.


For more details, including a press release and the full comments, visit our Navigation Study page.


Stop Aquatic Invasive Species - Clean Up the Ballast!

Save The River's Clean Up the Ballast campaign is fighting to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by addressing the primary path for introductions – ship ballast tanks. These critters, such as zebra mussels and round gobies, are one of the most significant environmental threats to the health of the River and Great Lakes. We need stronger ballast regulations in place now to stop this destruction! Visit our Clean Up the Ballast Campaign page!



Save The River Comments on Wind Energy Projects along River

Save The River teamed up with the Thousand Islands Land Trust to submit comments on two wind energy developments proposed along the River in Cape Vincent and Clayton. While STR supports alternative energy development, such as wind, projects must be thoroughly evaluated and sited. Read more about STR's position on our News page.