River Guardians Convene at 35th Winter Environmental Conference

Published on: 2024/02/06 - in News

The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel hosted the 35th Annual Winter Environmental Conference (WEC) by Save The River (STR) on January 27th, drawing over 100 members of the River community. The event provided a platform for discussions on critical environmental topics affecting the St. Lawrence River, including emerging contaminants, aquatic invasive species, American Eels, and the latest developments in Blind Bay.

Lauren Eggleston, Assistant Director of STR, emphasized the conference’s role as a knowledge hub for the river community, stating, “WEC is a place where people can gather to discuss issues facing the St. Lawrence River.” Assemblyman Scott Grey, who attended the event, praised the enlightening presentations and the dedication of those committed to the river’s stewardship.

The conference also recognized individuals for their contributions to the river’s well-being. Jefferson County Legislator Phil Reed received Save The River’s Friend of the River award for his conservation efforts. Additionally, the Annual Dan Tack Muskie Catch & Release Award was presented to Austin Demarest for his 54.5-inch catch and release in August 2023.

To extend its reach, Save The River offered a live stream of the conference in collaboration with Steve Weed Productions, allowing those unable to attend in person to participate virtually. Recorded presentations are accessible on Save The River’s YouTube channel and other digital platforms.

The conference’s success was made possible through the support of various business sponsors, including Cerow Agency, Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Wellesley Islands Building Supply, Maitland Tower, an anonymous River Rat, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and Converse Laboratories, along with numerous individual and couple sponsors.

For further information, visit savetheriver.org or contact Save The River at (315) 686-2010 or via email at info@savetheriver.org.

Photo (submitted): Lauren Eggleston provides an update on STR’s programs and data for 2023 – Photo by Kara Dry Photography LLC