The Blending of the Ecosystem

 

The Blending of our Ecosystem

Separating two countries, offering strength and dedication when needed, the St. Lawrence River is a continuous spectacle in Upstate New York. Being so close to the river, I have watched the St. Lawrence University Men’s and Women’s Crew teams battle for the title on the rough river waters. I peered eerily down into it from the wrought iron bridge connecting my homeland to my next adventure in Canada. Never had I swam in the shifting waters or knew anything about it really. To me, it was apart of the St. Lawrence County history.

 

(Save the River Campaign: http://www.savetheriver.org/index.cfm?page=app.programsBallast)

 

Due to many ships traveling the river’s waters to and from the Great Lakes and ocean, many species are introduced into the seaway. The species have been transmitted up and downstream by the constant movement on the river. According to RIVERKEEPER, an organization geared towards cleaning up the St. Lawrence River, 186 invasive species have been recognized.

 

One of the well known species invading the river is zebra mussels. They are filter-feeders and do make the St. Lawrence Water much clearer. Unfortunately, with the introduction of zebra mussels, other species dependent upon the St. Lawrence River ecosystem must fight for survival. Zebra mussels are known for damaging boats, harbors and invading water ecosystems, disrupting the natural order.

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Now, think about the word invasive.

 

Invasive is defined by the Merriam- Webster dictionary as something/someone tending to infringe. From my past posts on hydrofracking, invasive has been a popular term surrounding environmental issues in the North Country. Natural gas is invading our fresh ground water supply. Ballast boat water species are invading the St. Lawrence River.

 

It is important to point out the bad so efforts can be made for future good. I know it is unfortunate to read about all of these terrible invasions on the North Country, but there is something that YOU can do.

 

1.     First, click on this link to listen in on an interview with a member of Save the River (RIVERKEEPER) Jennifer Craddock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VdJ-ylr2SY

 

2.     Get involved in local campaigns to help save our North Country ecosystem

  • Save the River
  • Don’t Frack With NY
  • Read up on Green Living Solutions: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/337.html
  • Adirondack educational programs to learn about the North Country environment
  • And many more! (do a little research online…you’ll be surprised what you find!!)

Be happy, healthy, courageous and stand up for what you believe in! Let’s get awareness out and help save our North Country!

Do you have any ideas on what students, teachers, parents and community members can do to chip in?!