Category: Fixing Habitats

Where Will “Drink The Bay Clean” Will Be Served?

“Drink The Bay Clean,” an India Pale Lager, is being brewed by Blue Point Brewery in order to support Save The Great South Bay’s efforts.   All for a great cause, of course, but this beer was brewed with a love for Long Island.   Drink The Bay Clean India Pale Lager is brewed on Long Island and for Long Island.   This IPL begins with glacial water, left eons ago when Long Island was formed.  Blue Point Brewery then combines wheat malt, Admiral, Calypso and Horizon Hops to create “Drink The Bay Clean.”     The people who invented this beer, who make it and distribute it, grew up on The Great South Bay.   They know what to drink here in the summer — this beer is floral and biting like an IPA, but refreshing like a lager.  This is Long Island’s summer beer.

With every sip, you’ll be contributing to the health of our waters.

A portion of the proceeds from Drink The Bay Clean will go to supporting Save The Great South Bay’s Creek Defender Program, which will establish a Defender for every South Shore community and for its 31 creeks, The I Love Long Island Campaign, a ‘grassroots’ effort to move from pesticides and chemical fertilizer to eco-friendly yards, and for efforts to return shellfish to The Great South Bay.

Our Facebook Group Membership (11,240 strong!) has been offering suggestions for where along The South Shore “Drink The Bay Clean”  would be served.   We’ve probably had 100 venues suggested so far — Tres Palmes, The Cull House, The Snapper Inn, South Shore Dive, JT Finley’s, etc.

Where Will “Drink The Bay Clean” Be Served?

“Drink The Bay Clean” is an India Pale Lager brewed by Blue Point Brewery to support Save The Great South Bay in its efforts to revitalize the 31 creeks that feed into the bay, to end pesticide and chemical fertilizer use on lawns, and to return shellfish to The Great South Bay.

If you are a bar or restaurant owner, and want to support Save The Great South Bay, then order your “Drink The Bay Clean” today, by the case or by the keg! If you serve it, Save The Great South Bay will drink it!

Just fill out this request form and Blue Point Brewery will be in touch!

Be In Babylon For Earth Day April 22nd, and Help Make History — The Creek Defender Program Launches

ATTENTION ALL BABYLONIANS!

Save The Great South Bay’s Creek Defender Program launches on Earth Day April 22nd along The Carll’s River!

Save The Great South Bay, in conjunction with local citizens, schools, civic groups, businesses, and with other local environmental groups, will be launching its Creek Defender Program.   Save The Great South Bay believes that in order to heal the bay, we need to heal the creeks first.   There are 31 of them that flow into The Great South Bay.   The launch of The Creek Defender Program in Babylon is meant as a model for all the communities on The South Shore:   Here is how you can be effective local stewards of your bays, ponds, streams and creeks.

The first creek we will address is Carll’s River, which begins well north of The Sunrise Highway.  We’ve mapped it online like all the other 30 creeks.     Clicking on the image will take you to a live map.

 

Babylon High School, The Elementary School, The PTA, The Village of Babylon, The Town of Babylon, Seatuck,The I Love Long Island Campaign, South Shore Paddle Boards, and a number of local civic groups and businesses will gather to help clean The Carll’s River.   We must defend our creeks.  We must stop polluting them with runoff, pesticides, and lawn fertilizers, and illegal dumping.   In order to heal The Great South Bay, we need to heal the 31 creeks that flow from The South Shore into The Great South Bay.

We propose to accomplish this by organizing ten person teams of volunteers to go door to door in Babylon Village and along Carll’s River with information on The Creek Defender Program, on ecosafe lawn care and using native plantings, to proper stewardship of this river.   Babylon’s efforts on Earth Day will become a model for how we address our other South Shore creeks.

9:00 -12:00 South Shore Paddle Boards will lead a clean up of the Sumpawams, starting at their store at 258 East Main Street.

12:00-1:00 Registration, Staging (DJ), Babylon Elementary School:

1:00 – 4:00 Creek Clean Up. Door-to-Door Campaign promoting , which

4:00-8:00 After Party at The Babylon Gazebo. Kick Off by Todd Shaw, Babylon’s Creek Defender (Carlls, Sumpawams, Fosters)

Beer provided by Blue Point Brewery, Brewers of a soon-to-be released beer “Drink The Bay Clean,” with proceeds going to support The Creek Defender Program and other initiatives for the bay.

Live Music

Restaurants

Local Environmental Groups

Kudos to Babylon for showing The South Shore the way, and for creating the model through which, creek by creek, we can bequeath a healthier bay to future generations!

If you’d like to participate, drop us a line!

Menhaden Management

The dramatic increase in sightings of whales to our near-shore ocean waters (we’ve all seen the photos and videos of these massive creatures feasting on menhaden) is spectacular. In our opinion, this resurgence is enough of a benefit to justify the continuation of the policy direction taken by the Commission. The long-term impact of the increased population of menhaden is difficult to quantify, but it is having a positive effect on tourism and the quality of life for Long Islanders.

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Sandy and The Breach (and Now Inlet) Four Years On

Sandy and The Breach Four Years On

 

Good day everyone.   I am Marshall Brown, President and Co-Founder of Save The Great South Bay.   Today, Oct 29th, marks the 4th anniversary of Sandy, and of the inlet it created.   The accompanying slide show has been provided by Mike Busch of Great South Bay Images (www.greatsouthbayimages.com).   Sandy changed his life.     He became a photographer to help save the inlet and the bay, and a Director of Save The Great South Bay.

Our organization was formed exactly twelve weeks before Sandy, at a Sayville High School reunion. We were shocked at what had happened to the bay of our youth, and vowed to do something about it.

Then Sandy hit and revealed to us all how vulnerable we’d become, how antiquated our wastewater and electrical infrastructure was, how our marine and aquatic environments were in the process of collapsing.

But Sandy’s legacy was also one of hope.   Even as the winds were dying down, I got a call on my cell. It was from a scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

He said “You won’t believe what happened.   Fire Island breached just where it needed to.   Bellport Bay is now flushing.   We would have needed millions of dollars to do this ourselves if we could have, and Sandy did it for us.”   I wouldn’t have power for another two weeks, but during that time I made it out there. We were seeing bay bottom we hadn’t seen in decades, and a profusion of fish and birds.     Bellport Bay was coming alive.

As you all well know, The Army Corps was set to close the breach.   Every politician at the federal, state, county, and local levels were calling for it to be closed. By some miracle, the breach happened on National Parks Service land, which meant that the Corps could not close it immediately.   There was to be a 60 day observation period.   Science prevailed.   Prof. Charlie Flagg of Stony Brook was tasked with monitoring the breach, and he proved that it was stable, even if it was dynamic, and that it didn’t contribute measurably to flooding or tidal levels. That was happening up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and wasn’t limited to our humble bay.

We, the people of The South Shore, also prevailed.   From a group of 40 pre-Sandy, Save The Great South Bay quickly grew to over 600 by March 2013 for a public hearing in Bellport. We, in conjunction with Long Island’s environmentalist community, fought back hard against the politicians and the Corps. There are facts and there are fears.   Over time, the facts won out.

Today, The Army Corps, in their $1.2 billion new Fire Island to Montauk Plan or FIMP, continues to claim the breach causes flooding, even when their own analysis shows that The Fire Island, Moriches, and Shinnecock Inlets are responsible for 84% of the back bay flooding on The South Shore, with a fair amount of the remaining coming from rain on the mainland.   The Corps is in the business of breach closing and pumping sand onto beaches, a process they call ‘beach renourishment.’ This new inlet throws into question that mission. While sand dumped by the Corps gets regularly washed away by storms, requiring millions of dollars more for ‘renourishment’ as far as the eye can see, this new inlet is adding millions of cubic feet of sand along the bay side of Fire Island, widening this barrier beach, as breaches do. Its vast sandy shoals also cut down wave action when there is a storm.

In the public commentary on the draft plan, just released by The Department of Interior, The USFW criticized the Army Corps for using outdated data in their modeling and forecasts, and for offering flawed and unscientifically supported impact analyses.   At the same time the USGS stated that “The methodology of calculating shoreline change is not scientifically valid,” and “flawed” and that “the sea level rise rates used in the document are scientifically incorrect and are unrealistically low.”

With $1.2 billion to spend, The Army Corps could do a lot of good for The Great South Bay and for Long Island, but if they act on bad science, as they have, if they don’t get current and start sharing their modeling and data with the public, they will do great harm, continuing to shovel sand against the sea rather than working with nature, and seeking to revitalize it.

During these four years, we have learned it is possible to create consensus, to build local grassroots efforts for the environment.   But we have also learned that the fight most surely continues, in part because we are up against entrenched bureaucracies and mentalities. There is so much left to do to protect this inlet, to change our policies regarding breaches, and, most broadly, to save The Great South Bay. We have over 10,000 members now, in every South Shore community.

Please find us on Facebook, or on the web, and be sure to stream Water Matters, at liwater.org.   There you can hear from our marine scientists, advocates and public officials about what must be done to rescue all our local waters.   What can you do? Help restore a local creek or pond.   Step away from the lawn fertilizers and the pesticides.   Support funding for wastewater infrastructure.   The inlet is doing its part. Let’s do ours.

A Referendum On Long Island’s Future — The Water Quality Protection Fee

Suffolk County will have a referendum on The Water Quality Protection Fee on the ballot this November. For an average of $73 dollars per family of 4 per year, we can have the funds necessary to address in a large scale way the nitrogen pollution issues threatening our bays, rivers, and ponds, our drinking water, and indeed our way of life as "Islanders."

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Learn Oyster Gardening — And Help Rebuild A Way of Life

A class to teach young people the art of oyster growing is about to begin in Islip at Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms. Register now! Create your own oyster garden. Learn the art of oyster cultivation, and maybe someday become a bayman. That would help to bring an industry -- and a bay back!

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