Take Action : Become a Riverkeeper!

July 5, 2019

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, NY, is the designated Upper St .Lawrence Riverkeeper.  Riverkeepers 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 in Cornwall, Ontario on Wednesday, July 17 from 10 am to 1 pm for people that are interested in joining the volunteer Monitoring Program.

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 scientists.  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 info@rrca.on.ca.