Be­come a River­keeper

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Call­ing all cit­i­zen sci­en­tists look­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to help their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment! Be­come a vol­un­teer with the Up­per St. Lawrence River­keeper to mon­i­tor and re­port changes in river health in­di­ca­tors.

Save the River, based in Clayton, New York, is the des­ig­nated Up­per St. Lawrence River­keeper.

Watch­ers work with the public to track and re­spond to river pol­lu­tion con­cerns.

“We are look­ing for vol­un­teers in the Corn­wall area to be our eyes and ears out on the river and to join our River­keeper Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram. Our vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pate in a train­ing ses­sion to learn what to mon­i­tor,” says Mar­garet Hum­mel, Save the River Out­reach Co­or­di­na­tor.

Save The River and the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (RRCA) have teamed up to host a River­keeper Vol­un­teer Train­ing and In­ter­pre­ta­tive Pad­dle at the Gray’s Creek Con­ser­va­tion Area July 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn to mon­i­tor and re­port changes in river health us­ing in­di­ca­tors such as pol­lu­tion, invasive species, wildlife die-offs, and more. Vol­un­teers will par­tic­i­pate in a one-hour River­keeper learn­ing ses­sion fol­lowed by a two-hour kayak­ing ex­cur­sion that in­cludes a one-hour Amer­i­can Ca­noe As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA) “Quick­start Your Kayak” train­ing that will teach the ba­sics of pad­dling a kayak and sim­ple res­cue tech­niques.

“We are pleased to part­ner with Save the River to en­able the com­mu­nity to be­come cit­i­zen sci­en­tist. We have strong com­mu­nity sup­port to pro­tect and con­serve our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment; we know this vol­un­teer op­por­tu­nity will ap­peal to many,” says Lissa Des­lan­des, RRCA Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son.

Space is limited to 15 par­tic­i­pants who need to bring their own kayak, life jacket, and whis­tle. In­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to pre-reg­is­ter by con­tact­ing the RRCA at (613) 938-3611 or [email protected]

For over 40 years Save The River has been the lead­ing grass­roots en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion fight­ing for the eco­log­i­cal in­tegrity of the St. Lawrence River. Save The River takes an ac­tive role in River pol­icy is­sues by en­gag­ing de­ci­sion mak­ers, com­mu­nity lead­ers, res­i­dents, vis­i­tors and vol­un­teers to make pos­i­tive change. Ev­ery year Save The River works with ed­u­ca­tors in school dis­tricts in the wa­ter­shed to ed­u­cate 1,000 stu­dents in a place-based cur­ricu­lum that stresses age ap­pro­pri­ate as­pects of stew­ard­ship.

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