Spring News from Save the River

Looking Forward to Spring on the River.
The days are getting longer and the calendar says spring is almost here. While presently we are locked in the grip of winter, there is hope that the ice will go out early. Ice formation did not really begin until mid-February. Water levels on Lake Ontario are currently inches below the long-term average and outflows regulated by the International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) are high. These are two factors in the very complex makeup of the water levels forecast. However, the Lake Erie outflow (85% of the water entering Lake Ontario) is still high with a lot of water yet to come out of the other Great Lakes. Also, it is still too early to predict spring precipitation and the snowmelt timing of the Ottawa River Basin snowpack. So, while two indicators are favorable for a less than extreme high water year, there are still some significant unknowns to play out this spring. 
View the latest release from the ILOSLRB:

Save The River (STR) recently sent another letter to the Seaway administrators advocating for them to require shippers to build flexibility into their schedules if extreme high water calls for a delayed Seaway opening. The Seaway is currently scheduled for a March 22, 2021 opening date. Click here to view the letter.
Trash Free River Cleanups
Outreach coordinator Lindsey Russell and I have spent time over the winter working with staff to plan for STR’s 2021’s Trash Free River (TFR) cleanups. Funded by a grant from the Leonard C. & Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, our first 2021 cleanup is scheduled for April 22 - the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This first cleanup is being scheduled to coincide with a Great Lakes wide cleanup week. It will be a staff event working on the edge of the frigid River. There will be fun opportunities for volunteering on TFR cleanups once the water and air temperatures reach safe working levels. STR’s Boathouse Cleanup program will provide another chance to get your hands and feet wet and help pull trash from the River bottom around your boathouse and docks.
Subsequent TFR cleanups are being planned for areas near NYS parks, Chippewa and Goose Bays, Wellesley Island, and at least two island associations. TFR cleanups will be administered using a Covid safe protocol, teams of volunteers and social distancing to keep volunteers and staff safe at all times. 
Save The Dates!
Our Wellesley Island Cleanup will take place on 
Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th.

If you are interested in participating in one of our TFR cleanups, please reach out to Lindsey at outreach@savetheriver.org to let her know of your interest. Last year’s cleanup volunteers enjoyed a morning of fresh air and camaraderie on the River shorelines while helping to remove over three dump truck loads from the River. They all received one of our Trash Free River t-shirts, and had a fun time Saving The River.
Workboats and Divers needed for TFR Cleanups. 
STR will be looking for volunteers to help move collected trash with their workboats. We are also looking for divers to join in the cleanup program, if you can help or know someone that can please refer them to Lindsey via the email above.
Last Chance - Purchase Your Golden Cleat Raffle Tickets Today!

The Golden Cleat is raffling off a $300 prize package with the proceeds benefiting Save The River. Tickets are 1 for $10 or 5 for $40 and available for purchase online from The Golden Cleat.

100% of the proceeds from this raffle will go to Save the River to help support their mission of protecting and preserving the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education, and research.”

Kenneth Deedy Environmental Steward - Summer 2021
Apply to be a Kenneth Deedy Environmental Steward, a unique internship that will work with Thousand Islands Land Trust, Save The River, and Minna Anthony Common Nature Center - Friends throughout the summer to deliver educational programs, protect common terns, and steward our lands. Applications due on March 31st, and will be reviewed as received. Click here to learn more or apply now!

315 River Basket in support of #giveNNY 315Day!Save The River is proud to participate in 315Day (March 15), a day to spread kindness around the tri-county region, celebrate community and raise awareness of the diverse nonprofit organizations whose work and missions strengthen the quality of life across the 315 area code.Learn more and purchase tickets today to support 315Day here.