The effort to reach the 16,000 people who call Sayville home has begun. Last week on a visit to a favorite local restaurant, The Cull House, I spoke with John Casey, the longtime owner about the local moratorium we are seeking to put in place around pesticides and fertilizers so as to help revive the bay locally. Mr. Casey, who has had his restaurant by Brown’s River just north of the ferry boat boats for Fire Island at 75 Terry Street since 1983, and who has seen what has happened to the bay over the past 30 years and more, readily agreed to have our environmental literature on water quality, organic lawns, and pesticides put on display.
Here is the literature available at The Cull House:
In addition, I paid a visit to The Sayville Public Library; The literature was made available there as well.
Finally, The Freshman Class at Sayville High School has a good supply of literature to help spread news about the moratorium on pesticides and fertilizers.
Blue Island Oyster Company, located at the end of Atlantic Avenue in West Sayville, recently launched a similar effort to promote a local moratorium. The cleaner the water is, the better it is for the oysters in terms of numbers and growth rate. The more oysters there are, the more the bay water is filtered and cleaned. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. What if there were a million? In NYC, they are trying to clean New York Harbor with a billion oysters. Why can’t we have a Billion Oyster Project for The Great South Bay? A clean bay and a vibrant local shellfishing industry? Yes, that is possible, but its up to us.
Do you know a public place — a store, a church – where we’d be able to leave information about what we need to do to help our bay? Please send suggestions here: