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Looking Backward –And Ahead March 21, 2020

2019 was a banner year for Save the Great South Bay. All that we had planned for 2020 is gone, so what do we do as an org, as neighbors, and citizens? What will emerge from all these profound changes? Let’s be “yardbound” and have an invasive and non-native free “Bay Friendly Yard” for you and your family. Read more

Marshall Brown
The Mayor’s Cup Charity Regatta and Clambake — Celebrating Our Heritage on The Great South Bay September 27, 2019

On September 21st, the last day of summer, The Mayor’s Charity Cup Regatta was run once again for the first time in over a dozen years.   The race took place at The Long Island Yacht Club in Babylon, which like the regatta itself is undergoing a real renaissance under the… Read more

Marshall Brown
Clam Bake And Party For Save the Great South Bay August 30, 2019

Please join Save The Great South Bay on this last day of summer for our Clam Bake/Beach Party, hosted by The Long Island Yacht Club and presented by York Analytical Labs. Fun for the whole family! Read more

Marshall Brown
Let West Brook Flow! July 12, 2019

The failure of the dam at West Brook has created a wonderful opportunity to restore habitat in an area that has been under water for well over 100 years at The Bayard Cutting Arboretum Read more

James Bertsch
Save The Great South bay Sticker Program
Save The Great South Bay Window Stickers Now Available! May 24, 2019

It is with great pleasure I can tell you that this sticker program is now EXPLODING all over Long Island! The idea is simple.  Stickers Everywhere!  Initial results are overwhelming!!!! It does cost us a couple of bucks to make the stickers and mail them to you albeit it is… Read more

Howard Ryan
The 5K Run For The Bay: Pursuing Change May 23, 2019

Blue Island Oysters of West Sayville on Saturday April 27th hosted the Third Annual 5K Run For The Bay, raising funds a $1500 scholarship at Sayville High School, for Operation Blue Earth, a foundation driving a local public awareness campaign that encourages people to go organic and pesticide-free on their… Read more

Marshall Brown
Defending Patchogue’s Creeks April 3, 2019

Join your Creek Defenders and the rest of The Patchogue Community and help The Great South Bay! Read more

Marshall Brown
Sewering Oakdale March 30, 2019

OAKDALE—Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsay met with residents at the Oakdale Civic meeting last week regarding plans to sewer parts of Oakdale using New York State storm relief funds.  Lindsay shared the tentative boundaries and timeline for the project including news there would be an Oakdale sewer referendum vote in the future.  This vote would impact those residents located within the area to receive sewers, and it would take place after a sewer district was established.  The county plans to use $26.4 million of previously allocated storm recovery money to do the work. Read more

James Bertsch
Newsletter Opt-In
Mobile Opt-In | Subscribe to our Newsletter with your Mobile Device March 28, 2019

Just text STGSB to 67076 on your mobile phone to receive our newsletter. Stay informed about our bay! Read more

Howard Ryan
Introducing The South Shore Estuary Reserve March 26, 2019

The South Shore Estuary Reserve is 306 square miles and is composed of all the South Shore bays and their watershed. Jamaica Bay, The Great South Bay, Moriches Bay and Shinnecock Bay are the four largest of the bays within it. Read more

Marshall Brown
York Analytical Laboratories: A Major Benefactor For Save The Great South Bay March 8, 2019

Save The Great South Bay now has York Lab as a major benefactor.  York Lab is a family-operated environmental testing laboratory of contaminants in water, soil and air, and has served Long Island and the greater NYC area for more than 30 years. Read more

Marshall Brown
Introducing Our Newest Board Member: Karen Vaccaro Marvin March 6, 2019

Karen Marvin Vaccaro is now a board member of Save The Great South Bay. Karen, Founder of Great South Bay Paddleboards, has a great love for The Great South Bay, organizing local cleanups, and raising money to support its revitalization. A leader in the SUP community and on The South Shore, she has a heart as big as the ocean and is much loved on The South Shore. Read more

Marshall Brown
As Suffolk Wages War On Nitrogen, Other Threats to Region’s Waters Demand Attention February 1, 2019

Long Island’s water quality ./ water pollution issues hardly end with nitrogen from cesspools and fertilizer. Industrial pollutants — pharmaceuticals, flame retardants — PFOS and PFOA — 1,4 Dioxane, and pesticides are widespread and very expensive to remove. Read more

Becoming a Member January 20, 2019

  Dear Members of The Save The Great South Bay Facebook Group: Over the past 6+ years, I have watched this group grow to almost 15,000.   That’s a tribute to your love for this bay.   Lots of great posts, photos, videos.   A strong — and civil —… Read more

Marshall Brown
Save The Great South Bay’s 2019 Plans January 17, 2019

Become a Member of Save The Great South Bay and support a local citizens movement. Sponsor Save The Great South Bay and make a difference in your .community, creek by creek, yard by yard. Bring health to the bay by healing the mainland! Read more

Marshall Brown
A Letter To The Great River Community January 6, 2019

Attention Great River residents! You can help your community, help The Great South Bay, and help lead The South Shore to a better future by voting YES January 22nd on the sewering ballot. The money is there to spend from federal Sandy Relief funds, but this is our one chance. Cesspools are destroying the bay. Other communities will have their votes coming up. Let’s start with a YES to a healthy bay and to a more vibrant South Shore! Read more

James Bertsch
Support SGSB Via Amazon Smile Year Round! November 26, 2018

Support Save The Great South Bay with your Amazon purchases this holiday season and year round! Buy local, but when you don’t, have Amazon help our local cause! Read more

Marshall Brown
Post-Sandy, Why Are We Still Building? October 30, 2018

What will it take for Long Island to have a sensible development strategy given the inevitability of future storms and sea level rise? Six years after Sandy, its business as usual, building right up to the shore. Some developers are planning for the inevitable, to be sure, but the overall effort is scant. Read more

The Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion August 27, 2018

On August 26th, the 4th Annual Great South Bay Paddle Board Race was held, as it is every year, at The Bay Shore Yacht Club, a hidden gem right on The Great South Bay. South Shore Paddle Boards, owned and operated by Karen Vaccaro Marvin, was once again the host… Read more

Marshall Brown
New York and New Jersey Government leading the Ecological charge for our NY/NJ area bays, rivers and estuaries. It’s True! June 26, 2018

Facts: 2018 Cuomo Priority: Full PCB Clean Up of the Hudson River Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish A New Start for New Jersey on Water Pollution & Flooding Both New York and New Jersey have witnessed some great recent State level ecological leadership in response… Read more

Howard Ryan
Announcing The Miriam Brown Community Stewardship Awards June 8, 2018

It was just over a year ago that I lost my mom.   She truly was a renaissance woman — cooking, sewing, gardening, restoring wicker antiques, knitting, raising five children.   She was also a scientist, a five time Jeopardy contestant (she lost in Game 5 by $30!), and a Sayville resident… Read more

Marshall Brown
Save The Great South Bay Announces Partnership With 1% For The Planet April 27, 2018

A huge thanks to Cornucopia of Sayville!   They will be supporting Save The Great South Bay through 1% For The Planet.   They advocated for our membership.   We can only repay them by shopping there; they will then applying the 1% For The Planet donations towards restoring local habitats to heal… Read more

Marshall Brown
Defending Our Creeks By Restoring Habitats April 10, 2018

As I sit in my office on yet another dreary early spring day, I think of all that’s really just around the corner for Save The Great South Bay and for this community we are building. Read more

Marshall Brown
Shop At Amazon Smile — Help Our Bay November 26, 2017

Do it for the baby Diamondback Terrapin! Save The Great South Bay is a strong supporter of South Shore businesses.   If, however, there are items that you were ready to purchase on Amazon anyway, why not buy them through Amazon Smile, so that a portion of the proceeds goes to… Read more

Marshall Brown
The Ingredients For Any STGSB Event November 26, 2017

They would be Drink The Bay Clean, live music, oysters. After that, all we need is the occasion! Save The Great South Bay has enjoyed just incredible support, and by the time the dust settled on the year, we’d had ten events thrown on our behalf to support the cause! … Read more

Marshall Brown
A Big Thanks To Those Who Stepped Up For The Bay in 2017 November 26, 2017

Save The Great South Bay has enjoyed just incredible support, and by the time the dust settled on the year, we’d had ten events thrown on our behalf to support the cause!     This spontaneous, grassroots response, is why we have at present 12,000 people in our Facebook Group, mostly… Read more

Marshall Brown
$10.4 Million From Albany For Shellfish Hatcheries September 9, 2017

Invests $7.25 Million in Public Hatcheries Across Long Island and $3.15 Million to Obtain Adult Shellfish  Shellfish Restoration Council to Direct Efforts and Coordinate Training  Investments Will Create Jobs Across Long Island DEC to Establish One-Stop Shop to Expedite Permitting for Shellfish Cultivation     Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo… Read more

Marshall Brown
Official: Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish September 9, 2017

Invests $7.25 Million in Public Hatcheries Across Long Island and $3.15 Million to Obtain Adult Shellfish  Shellfish Restoration Council to Direct Efforts and Coordinate Training  Investments Will Create Jobs Across Long Island DEC to Establish One-Stop Shop to Expedite Permitting for Shellfish Cultivation     Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo… Read more

Marshall Brown
LINAP: Is Long Island At a Turning Point? April 1, 2017

Long Island is about to replace its cesspools and septic tanks. Nassau County has 140,000, Suffolk 360,000. Suffolk intends to launch a pilot program that will deploy 400 units over the next two years. Albany is chipping in with $2 billion to address the issue at scale. Yet more will be needed, but everyone, seeing the problem, is stepping up. At the same time that we do this, we need to stop polluting our waters with lawn fertilizer and pesticides. Read more

Marshall Brown
The Babylon Creek Defender Program Launches March 1, 2017

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… Read more

Marshall Brown
GSB Images From Susan Brown June 6, 2016

Susan Brown is an Outsider Artist who grew up and still resides in Sayville.   Here are some of her works:   Read more

Marshall Brown
Bellone To Call For Closing The Breach at The Old Inlet Today March 13, 2013

We know that there’s been a lot of flooding on LI starting with Sandy.   We also know that there’s been flooding up and down the eastern seaboard since Sandy.  We also have a lot of data showing that the breach at The Old Inlet is not contributing in any measurable… Read more

Marshall Brown

Podcast

STGSB Podcast Episode 7: What is Prosocial?

February 8, 2020

On this episode of Water Matters, documentary filmmaker Alan Honick & Dr. Kristin Perret discuss how prosocial interventions can help communities come to a consensus on local issues that seem otherwise intractable. Prosocial takes into account the needs of all stakeholders. It seeks to find common ground in bringing all… Read more

STGSB Podcast Episode 6: Sewer Czar

January 17, 2020

Suffolk County and New York State recognize the pressing need to address significant nitrogen levels in our local waterways and groundwater caused in part by underground septic tanks. On this episode of Water Matters, Marshall Brown talks with Peter Scully, sewer czar of Suffolk County, on the issue of septic… Read more

STGSB Podcast Episode 5: Methoprene & Emerging Contaminants

December 17, 2019

Emerging contaminants, such as 1,4-dioxane, were a hot topic in 2019 and sure to continue to be well into the future. Learn more about them as well as the toxic effects of methoprene, the mosquito pesticide, on our marshlands in this Save The Great South Bay Speaker Series conversation moderated… Read more

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STGSB Podcast Episode 4: Native Planting with Matt Gettinger

December 17, 2019

Go native! In this episode of Water Matters, we are joined by Matt Gettinger of Long Island Natives. As one of the most comprehensive native plant producers in New York, LI Natives is dedicated to growing a wide variety of native species representing the local flora of the northeastern United… Read more