The Great South Bay.
For hundreds of years, it was a ‘shellfish factory’: oysters, then clams. This shallow
lagoon on The South Shore of Long Island provided half of all the hard shell clams
eaten in this country.
For generations, baymen worked the bay and raised their families
on it. We swam here, we sailed, we fished.
But after World War II, Long Island quadrupled in size, and our local waters suffered greatly.
Thousands of septic tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, road runoff – killing our Great South Bay.
And in 1985, the first major brown tide hit. The clam population fell by well over 90% and a way of life – seemingly disappeared.
Today, the people of Long Island are starting to take a stand, – they are fighting for a future we’d want for our children.
Save The Great South Bay, a non-profit is on the rise. We work to educate Long Islanders
as to what is wrong with their waters – and how we can fix them. We advocate for
local sewer construction along the bay, for open space preservation, for stricter
guidelines on fertilizer use, for implementing the latest in wastewater technologies,
for local action, and most importantly, for a return of the clams and the oysters.
Oysters alone can filter our waters clean and bring in millions of dollars in revenue to our local communities!
We ask you then to help us create a cleaner bay. Use only ecofriendly fertilizers.
Skip the pesticides. Call upon your elected officials to address the environmental
crisis all of Long Island is facing from wastewater. Long Island, and its future, is
For more information – go to our website or find us on facebook and find out how you can help Save The Great South Bay!
The solution – starts with you!
- The Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion - August 27, 2018
- Sayville Creek Defenders — Braving The Elements - August 19, 2018
- Where to Find “Drink The Bay Clean” - July 17, 2018
- A Trip To Blue Island Oyster Farm - July 4, 2018
- Announcing The Miriam Brown Community Stewardship Awards - June 8, 2018
- South Shore Paddleboards: A Friend of SGSB! - May 24, 2018
- True Blue: “Drink The Bay Clean” Is A Beer For The Bay - May 24, 2018
- Seeking Apprentice Oysterers - May 24, 2018
- Introducing The Creek Defender Program - May 24, 2018
- We All Care About Where We’re From — Saving The Bay - May 24, 2018