Our community programs help us connect with our neighbours and build a deeper local appreciation for the vital scientific, social and economic importance of our river ecosystems.

Pulsing through the main artery of the Great Lakes in the St. Lawrence River are many dozens of fish species. However, these populations are regularly being impacted by a variety of circumstances. The October 10 session of Science and Nature on Tap at Schnitzel’s is all about the fish of the upper St. Lawrence River. The health of fish and the status of their populations has always been a key research area for the River Institute in Cornwall.  Matt Windle is an Aquatic Biologist actively engaged in fish research at the River Institute. Windle has travelled the waterways of Canada to study fish populations and has an especially keen interest in species that are under stress.

Many of the original fish stocks in the St. Lawrence have changed over the years. The upper St. Lawrence is well known for small and largemouth bass, northern pike, carp, and muskellunge (a.k.a. muskies).  However, impacted by pollution, invasive species, as well as commercial fishing, iconic species such as herring, sturgeon, American eels, and salmon are now at a fraction of their historic populations. There are also government advisories connected to the rate of safe consumption of fish due to specific contaminants identified within certain populations.

A collaboration with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Fish Identification Nearshore Survey (FINS) is a research project spearheaded by Matt Windle that is serving to provide indicators that provide information about the health of the River. Nearshore ecosystems are important as they serve as nursery and feeding grounds for many valuable species of fish and invertebrate species. Given their proximity to upland activities, these communities may be particularly sensitive to changes in land use and developmental pressures.

Since 2015, Windle and a summer team of students have been studying the interactions between markers such as nearshore fish and aquatic wildlife populations, water quality, habitat features, shoreline alterations, and invertebrates. They do this by sampling the unique coastal areas along the St. Lawrence from the Thousand Islands through to the Quebec border.

The goal of this project is to better understand these areas as well as to identify and map fish populations along the upper St. Lawrence River. These findings will ultimately help to inform a 2020 St. Lawrence River Health Report Card being developed by the River Institute and its partners as well as provide information towards creation of habitat rehabilitation and recovery strategies.

Location:
Schnitzel’s European Flavours

Admission:
Free!

For more information contact:

Karen Cooper
Communications Officer
613-936-6620 ext 229

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Please arrive 10 minutes early to grab your refreshments and find your seat. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information contact:
Karen Douglass Cooper
Communications Officer
613-936-6620 ext 229

Admission:
Free!

For more information contact:

Karen Cooper
Communications Officer
613-936-6620 ext 229

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Location:
OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Centre

Admission:
Free!

For more information contact:
Cristina Charette
Education Coordinator
613-936-6620 ext 232

Discover science and nature with OPG from June to September. This community partnership with the River Institute delivers fun and informative sessions on a range of topics that appeal to all ages, every third Saturday of the month EXCEPT for the workshop in July that will be held during a week night.

Location:
OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Centre

Admission:
Free!

For more information contact:
Cristina Charette
Education Coordinator
613-936-6620 ext 232

Discover science and nature with OPG during March Break. River Institute scientists and educators will present five half-day workshops from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

2018 Dates
March 12th : Water Wonders
March 13th: Eco-Arts
March 14th: Wild for Wildlife
March 15th: Feeling Fishy
March 16th: Living Green

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For more information contact:
Karen Douglass Cooper
Communications Officer
613-936-6620 ext 229

The Upper St. Lawrence River Protection Network brings together community groups, first nations, conservation authorities, municipal governments and other interested parties who are committed to protecting the upper St. Lawrence River. With more than twenty member organizations, the network’s goals are to share information and initiate joint projects that promote the sustainability and improvement of the health of the upper St. Lawrence River.

Congratulations to the 2018 River Award recipient- Joe Belmonte!

For more information contact:
Pam Maloney
Development Officer
613-936-6620 ext 240

The River Award is presented each year by the River Institute Board of Directors. The award recognizes an individual, organization or company that shows leadership in environmental awareness, conservation and respect for the St. Lawrence River and its watersheds. If you know of an individual or business that meets this criteria, please submit a nomination.

River Award recipients

2018 – Joe Belmonte

2017– Upper St. Lawrence Protection Network

2016 – Dave Merpaw

2015 – Kate Schwartz

2014 – Susan and John Towndrow

2013 – Dr. David Lean and Dr. Peter Hodson

2012 – Lydia Johnson

2011 – Walter Oeggerli

2010 ­– Henry Lickers

2009 – Elaine Kennedy