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St. Lawrence River-Area of Concern

BUI - Beneficial Use Impairments

SLR_AOC_BUI_200x259.png#asset:10757In 1972, the United States and Canada signed the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). It affirms the importance of restoring and maintaining the integrity of the Great Lakes as an essential water boundary.  the GLWQA also identified 43 Areas of Concern (AOC) within the Great Lakes river basin.


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Otter 'Top Lot Award' Received by Akwesasne Trapper


Late fall along the St. Lawrence River is easily recognized by dropping water temperatures, shoreline ice and the first snowfall giving way to winter. Bitter cold winters are iconic of the St. Lawrence River Valley, and an important factor for production of high quality pelts of aquatic fur bearing animals such as the otter, mink, beaver and muskrat.

[ Kawenni:ios Article - December 2013, page 22 ]



Otter Top Lot Award Received by Akwesasne Trapper Danny Jacobs and Tribe's Environment Division Collaboration Credited

The animal pelt's value, for quality and market trade, is directly linked to these physiological adaptations that increase the likelihood of over-wintering survival in the natural environment. A "Top Lot Award" by the Fur Harvesters Auction (FHA), Inc. rewards both the animal's health and fitness indicated in its leather and the fur-handlers meticulous skill.

[ - November 14, 2013 - External Link ]

What can an otter tell us about the environment?


Otters are excellent animals to use as indicators of a healthy environment because they do not migrate. While most animals will travel hundreds of miles during the winter months to warmer climates, otters are adapted to living in the cold climates. They have a thick fur that keeps them warm and they are able to swim beneath the ice to search for food.

[ Kawennì:ios Article - July 2013, page 18 ]



Grade Three Students Gain Appreciation for St.Lawrence River Area of Concern


Grade 3 Education Outreach Day is an event hosted by the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (AOC) program at the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) as a way to introduce environmental science to children at a critical age and to foster an appreciation for the local environment, particularly the local St. Lawrence AOC.

[ Kawennì:ios Article - July 2013, Document, Page 12]



SRMT Environment Division conducts study on snapping turtles

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council’s Environment Division, working with a contractor, is studying the impact of industrial pollutants on snapping turtle eggs found in the apprpoximately 15-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River area of concern in Massena and Akwesasne that stretches from NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR project to Lake Francis.

[ - July 6, 2013 - External Link]

Attention Fishermen

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) St. Lawrence River AOC (Area of Concern) program is asking community members to submit fish showing signs of external anomalies (tumors, lesions, ulcers, etc…) to the division for analysis.

[External Link - - April 11, 2013]


St. Lawrence River Area of Concern Program Engages Grade Three Students

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) Environment Division’s St. Lawrence River Massena / Akwesasne Area of Concern (AOC) program hosted the “Grade 3 Educational Outreach Day.”

[ External Link - - June 21, 2012 ]

Tribe's Environment Division Gears up for Fish and Wildlife Sampling


In Kenténha / October 2010, the SRMT Environment Division was awarded one of the larger Great Lakes Restoration Initiatives (GLRI) grants. This grant was for $1,229,415 to conduct field studies in 2011-2013. The funding for field efforts will assist resource agencies (SRMT, USEPA and NYSDEC) to address water-quality related impairments from industry toxins in the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (AOC).

[ Kawennì:ios Article - February 2012, Document, Page 10 ]




Tribe's Environment program receives two grants

The United States Environmental Protection agency awarded the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division two grants totaling $1,952,522. The funding will support a project to study wildlife and another project to restore Lake Sturgeon.

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EPA Great Lakes restoration initiative grants Awarded for New York

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making a $20 million investment in the Great Lakes through New York State, targeting the most significant environmental problems facing the Great Lakes. These grants to 17 organizations are part of a larger group of projects throughout Great Lakes states being funded under President Barack Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration initiative.

[ EPA Region 2 - Press Release - Adobe PDF Document 88KB ]