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Ship discharging ballast water. Photo:
Ship discharging ballast water. Photo:

NY ballast water regs spark international backlash

New York state is pushing forward with plans to implement tough new rules designed to keep ships on the St. Lawrence Seaway from bringing in invasive plants and animals. The regulations are set to go into effect in 2013.

Researchers say the Seaway has opened the door to dozens of foreign organisms that are wreaking havoc on native ecosystems.

But opponents of the rules, led by the Canadian government, say they're too strict and would stifle trade and commerce in the region. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

War of 1812 tallship in Ogdensburg

As of noon today, the Privateer Lynx, a replica of a tallship that carried soldiers in the War of 1812, is docked on the St. Lawrence in Ogdensburg. From now until Sunday evening it will be open to the public, for tours and daily 2-hour sail-aways.

Michael Folsom is the event organizer for the Lynx's trip up the seaway. He knows what he's doing when it comes to the St. Lawrence. He also blogs about the seaway under the name "the shipwatcher." Nora Flaherty talked with Folsom about his fascination with the big ships of the river, and about the Lynx.  Go to full article
Bruce Power's nuclear power plant on Lake Huron
Bruce Power's nuclear power plant on Lake Huron

Groups raise alarm over shipping nuclear waste on Seaway

A coalition is trying to stop a nuclear plant from shipping low-level radioactive waste to Sweden by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Bruce Power operates North America's largest nuclear power plant northwest of Toronto. The company says its plan is safe and good for the environment. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Laker spills fuel near Montreal; Seaway closed

Emergency response teams continue to clean up a fuel spill in a canal of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. A Canadian ship leaked at least 50 tons of bunker fuel when it ran aground Monday night. Environment officials say they believe most of the oil has been contained. But it's unclear exactly how much leaked into the waterway. It's the second time in as many weeks a ship has run aground on the St. Lawrence Seaway. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Crews re-float Canadian freighter

Coast Guard crews shifted ballast and cargo to re-float the Canadian freighter, Algobay, last night. The 740-foot long ship lost power Sunday morning and ran aground on Superior Shoal, near Chippewa Bay. That's not far downriver from where an oil tanker ran aground in 1976. The 1976 spill, known locally as the Slick of '76, remains one of the biggest inland oil spills in the country's history.

A spokeswoman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority said there was no threat of fuel leaks or other pollution from the Algobay. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Responders load containment boom onto a boat...
Responders load containment boom onto a boat...

Seaway readies its spill response, too

As the effects of the Gulf oil spill continue to grow, all was calm and sunny on the St. Lawrence River Wednesday. That was the setting for the St. Lawrence Seaway to test its spill response plans. The exercise raised two questions. Should some of the containment boom and manpower positioned along the St. Lawrence be used to help in the Gulf? And if the River were to be the site of a spill today, could America fight oil spills on two fronts? David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
"The 'Lunge Campaign" director Don Mandigo and playwright Mason Smith on the set.
"The 'Lunge Campaign" director Don Mandigo and playwright Mason Smith on the set.

Preview: "The 'Lunge Campaign" in Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance revives a drama centered around the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, as part of the College's 2010 Campus Festival. It opens Thursday night in the College Theater in Satterlee Hall. The 'Lunge Campaign was written by SUNY Potsdam alumnus Mason Smith. It follows an old man who wants to catch one more muskellunge, a large, elusive game fish native to the St. Lawrence River, before his island home is razed for the creation of Lake St. Lawrence as part of the Moses Saunders Dam project. The family is in turmoil over how, or even if, they should fight to prevent its destruction. Smith wrote the play in 1966. Richard Rice directed the first production. Todd Moe spoke with Smith and Don Mandigo, who is directing the current show. Mandigo, a lecturer in the theatre and dance department, was struck by the play when he saw it as a SUNY Potsdam student. They talk with Todd about the play's themes including family, turmoil, hope and local history.  Go to full article

Book review: "On a Darkling Plain"

In the 1950's, the Seaway power project created jobs for thousands of Americans and Canadians. It also flooded one hamlet on the south side of the river and six villages in Canada. Canadian writer, Maggie Wheeler, incorporates the history of this changed area in her new mystery, On a Darkling Plain. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

The Seaway at 50: change challenges heritage of the Lost Villages

Upper Canada Village is a living history museum on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence -- popular with families and school groups from both sides of the river. It was born out of the flooding required to build the St Lawrence Seaway. Nearly 20 buildings rescued from the "Lost Villages" were relocated to form the nucleus of this heritage park at Morrisburg, Ontario. Visitors come to experience St. Lawrence village life, as it would have been in 1866, just prior to Canada's confederation. This past spring, top management announced changes to boost attendance, along with job cuts among the interpretive staff. That produced a critical backlash, and charges that a treasured resource Is being commercialized. Lucy Martin visited to learn more.  Go to full article

Seaway at 50: The workers remember

50 years ago this summer, the first freighters slipped through the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Seaway realized a decades-old plan to open Great Lakes ports to vessels in the Atlantic Ocean. It brought some economic development to the North Country, but also pollution and invasive species. And the waters that rose up behind the huge Moses-Saunders power dam flooded whole villages, forcing families to leave everything they'd ever known. Tomorrow we'll hear the story of the Lost Villages in Ontario. But today we get a sense of the vastness of the project from an oral historian who interviewed the people who built it. Claire Puccia-Parham is a history professor at Siena College in Albany and a Watertown native. She's published a book about the Seaway workers entitled The St. Lawrence Power Seaway and Power Project: An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth. She and some of the workers she interviewed will be speaking Thursday night in Massena. Puccia-Parham told David Sommerstein many Seaway workers still live in or around St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

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