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Cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway are down 25 percent after the long, harsh winter delayed the start of this year’s shipping season. That’s according to North Country Now. More detail, you say? Well, in Montreal to Lake Ontario...
This morning, I reported that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is blasting Federal officials for proposing new ballast water treatment rules that DEC commissioner Joe Martens describes as neither adequate nor effective. I also...
New York state has faced intense political pressure to scrap tough ballast water rules designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Canada and other Great Lakes states hate New York’s rules, which require...
This morning on The 8 O’Clock Hour, I reported on the balance between economic and environmental concerns on the St. Lawrence Seaway. After all, what’s known as the “Seaway” is our St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes,...
A small drama on the Seaway is playing out on Christmas Day. A Liberian-registered German vessel, Hermann Schoening, is passing through the St. Lawrence River today and is expected to reach Massena’s locks this evening. Sixteen members...
News stories tagged with "seaway"
Feb 02, 2005 — Biologists are asking people to keep their eyes peeled for another potential invader into the St. Lawrence River. A Chinese mitten crab was found near Quebec City last fall. Like the American Eel, the mitten crab spawns in the ocean, so it's unlikely to proliferate in Lakes Ontario or Erie. But the St. Lawrence may be more welcoming habitat. David Sommerstein spoke with David MacNeill. He's a fisheries specialist with New York Sea Grant Extension in Oswego. He says biologists aren't sounding the alarm yet because one Chinese mitten crab hardly constitutes an invasion. But he says the discovery highlights the failure of ballast discharge rules for foreign ships entering the St. Lawrence Seaway. Go to full article
Jan 19, 2005 — Two federal agencies say they've worked out safety problems that might've caused delays at a new electric barrier designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports. Go to full article
Aug 05, 2004 — Lawmakers are calling for a fast and complete review of why a barge grounded on the St. Lawrence River and whether the emergency response was sufficient. Last week, the steering on a tug boat malfunctioned and the barge it was pushing smashed into a shoal near Alexandria Bay. 12,000 gallons of relatively harmless liquid salt leaked into the river. In a letter to Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez dated yesterday, Senator Hillary Clinton called for a full investigation into the incident. She said while it was not a serious accident, it "highlights the risks of shipping on the St. Lawrence River." Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman John McHugh have made similar requests. Phil Reed is the Jefferson County legislator who represents Alexandria Bay. He says the review should be done in time to apply to the remaining shipping season. He told David Sommerstein people are relieved it was a close call. Go to full article
Jul 07, 2004 — Last night in Clayton, more than 200 people had a clear message for the directors of a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system: don't dredge deeper and wider shipping channels in the St. Lawrence River -- ever. The Seaway links the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean, and it's almost 50 years old. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Transport Canada say their study only concerns how to maintain the existing locks and channels as they are, not how to expand them. But as David Sommerstein reports, Thousand Islands residents weren't convinced. Go to full article
Jun 03, 2004 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is three years into a comprehensive look at the present and future of the massive St. Lawrence Seaway, a 45 year old engineering marvel. The process has been highly political. Some critics say it may pave the way for dredging and blasting a deeper channel in the St. Lawrence River. As David Sommerstein reports, the Army Corps is holding a series of public meetings, including one in Clayton, to address those concerns. Go to full article
Apr 07, 2004 — The St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 46th shipping season two weeks ago. It's trying to reverse a three year trend of declining cargo. Albert Jacquez is administrator for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the agency that runs the Seaway in the U.S. He attributes the decline to the overall economic slump and is hopeful about an economic recovery. But Jacquez admits the Seaway has never reached its expectations. Speaking with David Sommerstein in Massena, he says the Seaway needs to re-think itself. Go to full article
Mar 19, 2004 — Environmental and budget watchdogs have launched an all-out offensive against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a new report. They say the Corps wastes taxpayer money on unnecessary projects, including one along the St. Lawrence River. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 17, 2004 — The Akwesasne Mohawks are joining the chorus opposing a March 25th date to open the St. Lawrence Seaway. Mohawk territory straddles the St. Lawrence River and the international border. As David Sommerstein reports, all three tribal councils have threatened to sue if ice breaking begins there. Go to full article
Mar 16, 2004 — The St. Lawrence Seaway's top official in the United States went on the offensive last week about the waterway's opening date of March 25th. Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez made a special trip to Massena from Washington, DC on Thursday. He spoke with David Sommerstein about criticisms that the date is too early to avoid environmental and safety concerns due to ice. Go to full article
Mar 09, 2004 — The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open another shipping season on March 25th. Observers warn letting giant freighters into the St. Lawrence too early can damage riverside ecology and homes. They also worry about the nightmare scenario of an oil spill trapped under ice. As David Sommerstein reports, the Seaway has made compromises over how it chooses an opening date, but critics still fear economics trumps the environment. Go to full article