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The New Inlet, Then And Now

Further research via old maps showed that in the 1790's it was referred to as "The New Inlet at South Haven," gaining the name The Old Inlet only after it was closed by two ship wrecks in the 1820s. So what was new is now new again. The bay is renewing itself with the inlet's reopening. Even so, The Army Corps of Engineers continues to press for closure, as to presumably the politicians who continue to ignore science in favor of 'doing something.' It is our hope that this new New Inlet will remain with us, hopefully so long as nature deems it, and will continue to revitalize the Eastern Bay, repairing at least some of the damage we've caused from decades of mismanagement and neglect. We hope that it can buy us enough time to address the many water quality issues on the Long Island mainland that led to the bay's deterioration -- seepage from 100,000+ septic tanks, storm runoff from 2000+ outfall pipes that wash into our streams and into our bays 115 different pesticides, lawn fertilizer, the destruction of marshes and eelgrass beds.

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Talk Before The Freeport Tuna Club 5-9-13

Hi, I am Marshall Brown, Founder of Save The Great South Bay. I want to first thank The Freeport Tuna Club for the invitation to speak before you. The FTC has been around a long time, whereas we only began last August. We began because as we gathered for a Sayville High School Reunion, all we could talk about the whole evening was what had happened to the bay, and what we could do to fix it. We want our children and grandchildren to fish, clam, swim and boat in these waters just as we had, a goal that I am sure you share. If you want to fix a bay, who do you speak with? Well there's The Peconic Bay Keeper for one, The Nature Conservancy for another, The Citizen's Campaign For The Environment, Operation Splash!, Seatuck (which just successfully had installed fish ladders on The Carll's River -- more on that later), Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and further afield, other local non-profits around the country like Santa Monica's Heal The Bay, and The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. We all face the same challenge -- how do you revitalize bays and the estuaries that feed them given all the environmental insults we have inflicted upon them -- septic tank seepage, lawn fertilizers, outfall pipes, pesticides, the over harvesting of shellfish, overdevelopment, the destruction of habitats. How do we make our waters sustainable, given the multiple threats these waters face?

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What Mother Nature and The New Inlet Can’t Do — A Bay in Peril

With The New Inlet, Mother Nature's true gift was to give us but a glimpse of what the Great South Bay was and could be again. It's a challenge to us to take action. Next summer, will The New Inlet even be there, whether because of nature or man? Then what? The bay starts to die again. Here's what Mother Nature alone can't fix, and what we must fix if we want this bay all the way back, New Inlet or no New Inlet:

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