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?
- STGSB Podcast Episode 5: Methoprene & Emerging Contaminants - December 17, 2019
- STGSB Podcast Episode 4: Native Planting with Matt Gettinger - December 17, 2019
- STGSB Podcast Episode 3: Shellfish and the Revitalization of the Great South Bay - December 16, 2019
- STGSB Podcast Episode 2: The Challenges of Sustainable Development - December 6, 2019
- The Mayor’s Cup Charity Regatta and Clambake — Celebrating Our Heritage on The Great South Bay - September 27, 2019
- Clam Bake And Party For Save the Great South Bay - August 30, 2019
- Official SGSB Letter To The NYS Parks Department Re: West Brook With Bonus Drone Footage - July 21, 2019
- Repel The Invaders And Help Save The Great South Bay - June 20, 2019
- Coffee With The Supervisor: Native Plantings, Methoprene - June 18, 2019
- The 5K Run For The Bay: Pursuing Change - May 23, 2019