The Fourth Annual Paddle Board Race will be held August 25th at The Bay Shore Yacht Club. Whether a competitor or spectator, this one is a lot of fun! Details to follow!
Flynn’s Fire Island, with Blue Point Brewery, is once again hosting “A Toast to the Bay ” a beer blast / concert / oyster tasting / raffle / for The Great South Bay. This year, we are delighted to announce that Blue Point Brewery will be serving a special beer for Save The Great South Bay, “Drink The Bay Clean,” where a portion of the proceeds go to support our mission. It is an India Pale Lager, floral, with a bite, and meant for hot weather.
The beer fest kicks off at 4pm. The beer styles we will be pouring are: Toasted, Mosaic, Prop Stopper, Drink the Bay Clean, (of course) Hoptical, and some of the breweries other one off goodies like Beach Plumb, and what ever else they are working on.
Details to follow!
Join us for the 2nd annual 5K Run for the Bay!
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Location: Sayville Marina Park – 400 Foster Ave. Sayville, NY 11782
Time: Race starts at 8am
**Register by March 31 to be guaranteed a custom canvas race tote bag!
Presented by Blue Island Oysters and benefiting local organizations Operation Blue Earth and Save The Great South Bay!
Save The Great South Bay welcomes each and all to Tres Palms on March 28th, Wednesday. We will be discussing our goals for the coming year, including the upcoming Creek Defender event in Babylon on April 21st. We will go over the scope of work for that day, and speak to how we can launch Creek Defender Programs elsewhere, such as Bay Shore, Lindenhurst, and elsewhere, and how we intend to work with other environmental and civic groups along The South Shore. There will be a film crew, seniors from Hofstra, who are making videos about STGSB, to do some quick interviews, and to document our actions as we launch our campaign for 2018. Our goal this year is to work with every shore community to build a spirit of local stewardship. We all care about where we are from! We look forward to meeting with you!
As 2017 winds down, as the sun, ever lower on the horizon, yields the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets of The Great South Bay of Fall and Winter, while in our marinas our boats are stowed for the winter, we’ve time to reflect on what was a very eventful year.
2017 started off with a great bit of news: After years of work, Save The Great South Bay would at last have its own beer. Mark Burford, Founder and Brewmaster Emeritus of Blue Point Brewery and Sayville Class of ’80 really stepped up. He created Drink The Bay Clean, and got everyone behind it — marketing, retail, distribution — so that with every case of beer sold Save The Great South Bay receives $5, and for every keg $15.
The beer is ‘on pause’ until this April, until the opening of Blue Point’s new brewery in Patchogue. If you can still find it locally, stock up! Come the spring, the beer will be available at Nassau Coliseum and in New York City and beyond. The proceeds will go to supporting our three main programs — The Creek Defender Program (here with special attention paid to The Patchogue River), The I Love Long Island Campaign for bay friendly yard care, and our Shellfish Restoration Program, which seeks to introduce filter feeders like oysters and ribbed mussels strategically by way of cleaning the bay and the creeks that feed into it.
Thanks to Blue Point, we really started 2017 with the wind at our back, and thanks to them, 2018 promises to be a great year as well, as we will have funds to address directly the issues our bay faces. How often is a beer brewed for a cause? Can a beer save a bay?
Now that there is an online mapping platform for communities to view and post the environment information, we will see much more effective monitoring, oversight and documentation of local conditions, leading to a healthier local environment,
If Long Island is to be saved, and by “saved” I mean preserved as a desirable place to live for future generations, then everybody in Nassau and Suffolk needs to understand why our drinking water and all our rivers, ponds and bays are imperiled. Lets begin with the premise that if people really understand the problems, and what is at stake, they will do the sensible thing and do what is necessary to protect and restore Long Island’s estuarine and marine environments.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CESSPOOLS AND SEPTIC TANKS ARE SEEPING NITROGREN INTO OUR GREAT SOUTH BAY…?
THAT NITROGEN HAS ALL BUT WIPED OUT OUR SHELLFISHING INDUSTRY BY TRIGGERING MASSIVE ALGAL BLOOMS.
IF WE CAN REPLACE THE CESSPOOLS CLOSE TO THE BAY WITH SEWERS, WE CAN GET THE WATER CLEAN ENOUGH TO BRING BACK CLAMMING AND OYSTERING, AND REVIVE A $500 MILLION INDUSTRY.
GIVE THE CLAMS AND OYSTERS A CHANCE, AND, AS FILTER FEEDERS, THEY WILL HELP TO CLEAN THE WATER WHILE BRINGING PROSPERITY TO THE SOUTH SHORE, AND RESTORING A WAY OF LIFE.
$383 MILLION DOLLARS HAS ALREADY BEEN ALLOCATED TO SEWER ALONG FOUR MAJOR RIVERS EMPTYING INTO THE GREAT SOUTH BAY.
WE SAY ‘LET’S PUT THAT MONEY TO WORK SO THAT WE AND THE SHELLFISH CAN GET TO WORK.’
THE RONKONKOMA HUB, A LARGE SCALE PROJECT JUST NOW BREAKING GROUND, NEEDS A ROUTE TO THE BERGEN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.
WE ARE PETITIONING THE COUNTY TO ‘ROUTE IT SOUTH’ THROUGH SAYVILLE, WEST SAYVILLE, AND OAKDALE, SO THAT WE CAN REPLACE THE LOW LYING CESSPOOLS CLOSE TO THE SHORE. YES, IT WILL COST MORE THAN WHAT WAS INITIALLY PLANNED, AROUND $24 MILLION MORE. BUT LET’S LOOK AT THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT.
WE COULD OPEN UP THOUSANDS OF ACRES TO SHELLFISHING AGAIN, AND WITH EVERY ACRE OF OYSTERS GENERATING UP TO $100,000 A YEAR IN REVENUES, EVERYONE WINS, ESPECIALLY THE BAY.
WE URGE YOU THEN: SIGN THE PETITION.
VOTE YES ON THIS PLAN TO CLEAN OUR WATERS. VOTE YES ON THIS ECONOMIC INVESTMENT. YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS NEED TO HEAR YOUR VOICE, AND THIS PLAN NEEDS A FAIR HEARING.
Local residents from Oakdale, Sayville, and West Sayville rally for sewering and a return of a way of life