The Great South Bay will only be as healthy as the 36 creeks that flow into it. The mainland is sick. The bay is but the symptom. For generations, they have been dammed and culverted, built over, clogged with silt and muck, become trash filled, polluted by runoff and groundwater. The Creek Defender Program calls upon people in every community on The South Shore to become good local stewards, healing our creeks as we heal the bay.
Please email us at [email protected] if you wish to work with the Creek Defender in your community. We have Creek Defenders in Copaigue (Jimmy Bellows), Amityville (Todd Brice), Babylon (Todd Shaw), Brightwaters / West Bayshore (Paul Lucas), West Islip (John Kennedy), Bayshore (Tom Kain), Islip (Lauren Kopp Ferlin) Sayville (James Bertsch), Bayport (Bob Draffin), Blue Point (Jason Borowski), Patchogue (Andrea Stolz), Bellport (Mike Busch), and Brookhaven (Lawrence Quinn). We are still seeking to establish programs in Massapequa, Lindenhurst and Oakdale. April 13th is Creek Defender Day 12-4 in each South Shore community. We clean up of course, but also plant native “swamp forests” to restore habitat and filter the ground water before it reaches the creek and the bay.
We have found that marinas make an ideal base of operations, and are reaching out to all marina owners on The Great South Bay to help their local creek defenders in bringing our bay back to health. We welcome the participation of every school, boy scout and girl scout troop, every local civic association and local business group. We are each part of the solution!