Note the interactive map of the creek below:
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 …
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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?
Now is the time to take down all the ancient dams along our South Shore estuaries. The alewife, herring, sturgeon and eel, and all the fish that breed in fresh water and live in our oceans have to have the means to swim up river to spawn. For centuries, we have dammed or streams and rivers. We have the science, we have the road map. We just need the awareness and the popular will that comes with that.