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River anglers and residents, take note: Save The River’s partners at the St. Lawrence River Institute have reported the first sightings of a new invasive fish, tench, in the St. Lawrence River. Two tench were captured south of Cornwall Island near Akwesasne.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2AouyVD

Tench pose a threat to native species and water quality. We have incorporated information about identifying and reporting sightings of tench in our volunteer Riverkeeper and Junior Riverkeeper programs.

By becoming a member, you support Save The River’s work to educate the public about threats to the St. Lawrence River like invasive species. Become a member today: donate.savetheriver.org.


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Come make your own Common Tern, tomorrow at the 40th Annual Autumn Festival hosted by Minna Anthony Common Nature Center - Friends at Wellesley Island State Park! Celebrate the Year of the Bird with us with a Common Tern craft and migration game. Autumn Fest is a family-friendly event with fun fall activities, we hope we’ll see you there! #savetheriver #stlawrenceriver #commontern #yearofthebird #autumnfestival
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"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." - Lao Tzu

Autumn is truly here and it is time once again to turn the page in your +Save The River calendar. Our October image is brought to us by Heather Matthews.

In building our 2018-2019 calendar, we noticed that we did not receive many submissions of "fall on the River" images in our photo contest. How can that be, when it is one of the most beautiful times on the St. Lawrence River!? Help us by capturing autumn photos these next few weeks and you can submit them in early 2019 for next year's calendar contest. #savetheriver #stlawrenceriver #riverkeeper #fallcolors #leafpeepers #leafpeeping
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John Peach, +Save The River’s Executive Director & Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, encourages River residents to conduct their own “Boathouse Bottom Cleanup.”

“After recently participating in two Shoreline Sweeps organized by Save The River staff, I realized we could all do our part to help remove plastics and garbage from the River by cleaning the bottoms of our own boathouse, dock, or shoreline,” said John. “It could be a great teaching moment for our children and grandchildren. I think it would be wonderful if we all took a little time to clean the accumulated refuse off the bottom under our docking facilities. Together we could remove a lot of plastic and refuse from the River.”

John recovered approximately 80 pounds of wood, carpet, old boat rags, plastic mats and containers, tape and sandpaper, and several recyclable cans and bottles. “Any of the garbage that can’t be recycled or reused will be disposed of in the garbage,” said John.

If you are interested in doing your own boathouse or dock cleanup, Save The River can provide you with forms to record and track the type and amount of debris found during the cleanup so that the information can be reported to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Please send a photo of your successfully completed individual cleanup at info@savetheriver.org so that we can share your photos and data results on our website and social media.

If you interested in hosting a larger shoreline cleanup event in your community you can register your event with Save the River by calling 315-686-2010 or emailing Patricia Shulenburg at patricia@savetheriver.org.
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Calling all families with kids and youth in grades K-12: join us tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4 - 5 pm at the Thousand Island Park Gazebo to become a Junior Riverkeeper! Learn more about the St. Lawrence River including endangered species, invasive species, pollution and ways you can report the health of the River.

This program is FREE to attend and pre-registration is not required.
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Enjoy a cold, refreshing beverage AND help support +Save The River!

For every 30-pack of Genesee branded malt beverages purchased in Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties from 6/1/18 to 8/31/18, +Genesee Brewery will donate $1 to help keep the Upper St. Lawrence River swimmable, drinkable, and fishable.

Last year this partnership generated a donation of over $10,000 - that is a lot of 30-packs! Remember to always drink responsibly.
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+Save The River Beach Watch Program update for Week 6 (samples taken August 6) = five monitoring locations passed inspection this week! The sixth location (Round Island) did not have a sample this week but has passed inspection on all of the previous weeks this summer. 🏊🏽‍♀️🌊🏊🏻‍♂️

Stay updated on our water quality results by downloading the Swim Guide app on your phone or by visiting the website: theswimguide.org #savetheriver #stlawrenceriver #swimguide #beachwatch #waterquality #cleanwater
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On Wednesday, July 18 employees of Genesee Brewing Co. spent the afternoon volunteering their time to do a shoreline cleanup on the St. Lawrence River in partnership with Save The River​. The group enjoyed lunch at O'Brien's Restaurant​ before boarding two boats headed for Wellesley Island State Park. Special thanks to Jeff Staples​ of On The River Construction and Taylor Price-Kellogg​ of French Bay & Islander Marina & Lodge​ for volunteering their time and the use of their workboats for the shoreline cleanup. Jeff's team safely removed a large, semi-submerged tree from the north side of Wellesley Island that had been a boating hazard. Taylor's team headed to the shoreline of South Bay where they removed nearly 150 pounds of garbage. Following the afternoon cleanup, the teams re-grouped at The Lost Navigator​ to enjoy Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch.
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+Save The River Beach Watch Program update for Week 5 (samples taken July 30) = five monitoring locations passed inspection this week! Our volunteer at the sixth location (Lake of the Isles) had a little boat trouble that morning so the sample was delayed and did not make it on the truck to the laboratory.

This is a good reminder that the Beach Watch Program is made possible by volunteers who, for nine weeks straight in the summer, take a sample every Monday morning and deliver it to our office by ~9:30am. That is dedication! Thank you Beach Watch volunteers.

Stay updated on our water quality results by downloading the Swim Guide app on your phone or by visiting the website: theswimguide.org #savetheriver #stlawrenceriver #swimguide #beachwatch #waterquality #cleanwater
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"The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever." -E. Lockhart

A new month means it is time to turn the page in your Save The River calendar. August features a sunset image by Shawn Sullivan.

One of the best parts of our annual calendar photo contest is receiving pictures from up and down the River and realizing that even if River residents never meet, we all have shared River experiences: gathering around a campfire, learning to fish, looking for herons, counting stars.

There is still time to purchase a Save The River calendar - it runs through June 2019, so there are many months left to enjoy!
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