American Rivers named New York’s St. Lawrence River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2016, shining a national spotlight on the threat outdated dam operations pose to imperiled fish and wildlife and local communities. From the mouth of Lake Ontario to the Moses Saunders Dam, the 114-mile endangered coastline of the Upper St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario constitutes the largest coastal environment in Ontario and New York State.

With the stroke of a pen, U.S. and Canadian governments can restore this vital shared waterway. For over 50 years, the levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been regulated by the Moses Saunders Dam, whose operating plan was developed with pre-computer technology. A new plan, known as Plan 2014, is ready for enactment and will adjust the dam’s operating plan to work with nature.

A Message for Secretary Kerry and Minister Dion: Our beloved St Lawrence River that opened the continent and means so much to so many has been declared one of the ten most endangered rivers in America.


Call Governor Cuomo

Call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and tell him to support Plan 2014.

Add My Name to a Letter in Support of Plan 2014!

Today, you have the opportunity to immediately remove this shared waterway from list of endangered rivers with the stroke of a pen. Read the letter and please complete the form below to help support this important effort.


Fill out my online form.

Take the Plunge! Support Plan 2014 Now!

Take the Plunge!

Please consider creating a video to show your love for the St. Lawrence River which was recently named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. (Lot's of Taking the Plunge videos on our YouTube page.)

See the instructions on the ways you can add your voice. Be sure to use #Plan2014Now and don’t forget to tag @SaveTheRiver or email us a link so we can see and share your video.

See our video and Take the Plunge! Support Plan 2014 Now!


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Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper is a community-based, membership environmental non-profit with the mission to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Operating in both Canada and the U.S., Save The River, with offices are in Clayton, serves to further its members’ and followers' vision for the St. Lawrence as a healthy river that provides safe drinking water, is home to a thriving range of indigenous species and supports sustainable economic activity. The mission and vision are premised on a simple core value that the River is a commons to be nurtured and passed on undiminished for future generations to share. Save The River is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and champions a swimmable, fishable, drinkable St. Lawrence River.