Back in October 2015, Save The Great South Bay was chosen by The Freshman Class at Sayville High School as the local non-profit they’d support this year. They in turn were working with a local oyster company, Blue Island, to institute a local moratorium on pesticides and lawn fertilizer in Sayville, on the theory that if we didn’t put this stuff on our lawns, it wouldn’t wash out into the bay on a good rain storm and trigger algal blooms, and the oysters could then grow better, providing local income while also improving the water quality as filter feeders.
Save The Great South Bay, throughout 2015, has been distributing these information cards on pesticides and organic lawns at numerous events, courtesy Grassroots Environmental Education. We have as much literature as we need for Sayville, and then some, and a lot of people to distribute them, and we have the support of many local businesses.
Now the expected is happening: We are starting to hear from groups and from individuals, whether from Bayport, Babylon, or Patchogue. How could I help? How do I bring this commitment to organic lawns and cleaner ground water to my community?
For a moratorium to really take hold, it needs to be broad and deep. Sayville will be a model, but from there everyone needs to know what’s at stake – the health of the bay — and in every community.
If you are interested in helping your community adopt organic lawn care to help your local waters and protect your drinking water, please contact us here:
We are dedicated to developing more community based tools to help you deliver the message that organic lawn care will improve local water quality and help to heal your local waters — the streams, ponds and inevitably, the bays. What would the Great South Bay look like if we just stopped putting things we know are bad for the bay on our lawns? What if we all did?