Operation Splash! is one of our favorite orgs:
OUR MISSION: Bring Back The Bays!
Over just the past 50 years, our local estuaries–the lovely bays between Long Island’s million-dollar south shore homes and our beautiful white sand barrier beaches–have been under attack. The world-renowned fishing, clamming and maritime industry that once flourished in this area have been decimated. And we humans are to blame…
DID YOU KNOW that each day more than 65 million gallons of sewage is dumped on Long Island shores, beaches and bays? We’re fighting to stop this!
DID YOU KNOW that street storm drains, and the oil, litter and waste they carry, empty unfiltered into our waterways? We’re fighting to stop this!
DID YOU KNOW that pollutants and chemicals are building up in our bays, killing plants and bottom-dwelling marine life? We’re fighting to stop this!
DID YOU KNOW that water temperatures and pH levels are so high, and oxygen levels so low, some bays will no longer support marine life? We’re fighting to stop this!
DID YOU KNOW that since 1990, Operation SPLASH volunteers have rescued more than 1,000,000 pounds of garbage from our shores? That’s 1,000,000 pounds of plastic bags, plastic bottles and bottle caps, juice boxes, styrofoam cups and food containers, BBQ grills, hot water heaters, flat screen TVs, engine blocks, coconuts and more!
We’re Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. (Stop Polluting, Littering And Save Harbors), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of more than 2,500 members committed to improving the quality of life along our Long Island shores. We live here. We grew up here. We know how beautiful and rich this area once was. And we have seen nature starting to make a comeback. But we need your help. We urge you to become educated in what is happening right here in your own back yard. Join us and support us in our mission to Bring Back the Bays!