Advocacy

Advocating For A Restored Bay, Beach and Ocean

Save The Great South Bay is a strong voice for The South Shore and its bay.    Over the past year, we have spoken before dozens of groups, been interviewed on television on PBS WLIW’s Metrofocus, on Verizon FIOS, and in The New York Times to name the most prominent.  We’ve spoken before boating clubs, fishing clubs, boy scout and girl scout troops, before civic associations.  We will not rest until every Long Islander knows what is wrong with our waters, and how to fix them.   In addition, Marshall Brown, President of Save The Great South Bay, is host of Water Matters, a show about Long Island’s water issues.  The show consists of interviews with Long Island’s top environmentalists, activists and policy makers.   The content from the show is used in classrooms throughout Long Island.

We welcome your invitation for us to meet and speak with your group!

Excavating in a Public Nature Preserve To Mitigate Flooding Creates Other Obvious Problems July 3, 2018

The North Fork Preserve, a 173 acre park in Eastern Suffolk, is being damaged by an ill advised public works project involving heavy equipment and multiple excavations in marshland disturbing rare habitat. Read more

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

Engineer Approved Drainage Plans Threaten Sensitive Natural Habitat In Long Island’s North Fork June 25, 2018

There must be a stop work order issued immediately on this “enhancement” project. The North Fork Nature Preserve is about to be ravaged by a major excavation project that would establish a series of retention ponds, thus ruining the hydrology of a good portion of this county park. This project is being undertaken for the benefit of a few home owners who built on The Sound who take exception to water from the preserve flowing through their beach. How did this ever get approved with no environmental impact analysis? This must not stand. Read more

New York and New Jersey: A Bridge to Success. We are all deeply connected to the waters we share June 18, 2018

Before co-founding Save The Great South Bay, in 1999 I married and moved to Northern New Jersey.  Having been a lifelong Long Islander and a huge Great South Bay fan I was immediately immersed in the New Jersey Raritan Bay for striper fishing, my favorite hobby.  In short time it… Read more

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

Introducing The Creek Defender Program May 24, 2018

Read more

We All Care About Where We’re From — Saving The Bay May 24, 2018

Read more

Save The Great South Bay — An Introduction May 24, 2018

Read more

We Need A Green Marina Program May 12, 2018

Here’s a note that at first made me sad, then angry, then determined: Hi Marshall, What if anything can be done to bring more environmental awareness to the boating community regarding the use of harsh, environmentally unfriendly chemicals used to clean boats? At the local marina where my boat is… Read more

Speak For Your Bays: Contact Your State Senators April 24, 2018

Tell your State Senator that you support S-8170, which would reduce the nitrogen content in lawn fertilizers, and give our bays a break. Read more

Contact Kemp Hannon. Tell Him You Support S-8170 “The Fertilizer Fix” April 24, 2018

As many of you know, a law has been proposed in Albany that would mandate that lawn fertilizer contain no more than 12% nitrogen in the bag, and at least 50% non-soluble (slow release) nitrogen. With at least 10% of the nitrogen in the bay coming from lawn fertilizers, we… Read more

Help Plant Swamp Forests And Help The Bay April 16, 2018

If we are to revitalize The Great South Bay, we need to improve the health of the mainland. The mainland’s groundwater is polluted, and its ecosystems are ravaged. The bay is mostly a symptom of this. Long Island needs to ‘go native’ and restore as much habitat as possible. Read more

Support “The Fertilizer Fix” and Help Our Bays! April 15, 2018

Kudos to Grassroots Environmental Education, our partner in the I Love Long Island Campaign for ‘bay friendly yards’!    Thanks to them and to Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair, Committee on Environmental Conservation and Kemp Hannon,Senate Health Committee Chair, there’s now a bill before The New York State Legislature that would lower the nitrogen… Read more

Save The Great South Bay: Our Plans For 2018 March 17, 2018

Greetings everyone!    Spring is in sight, and soon we will all be back on the bay again! While things have been quiet, they’ve been busy! March 28th at Tres Palms, Save The Great South Bay is holding an Open House at Tres Palms, a restaurant-bar in Babylon right on… Read more

Have a Bay Friendly Yard January 17, 2018

Hiring a landscaper for 2018? Make sure they are being ‘green’ about it. Ask them to use a mulching mower so that the grass clippings can feed your lawn. That is the best food your lawn can have. Why have the clippings dumped in a landfill so that you have to throw expensive chemical fertilizers on it?

If you have pets or children, love nature and respect your neighbors, avoid pesticides. If you kill the bugs, you kill the soil. There will be fewer birds, amphibians. Pesticides also have a way of ending up in our drinking water and our bays, rivers and ponds. We are seeing a global collapse of insects, including the pollinators. Let’s stop with the Roundup. There are natural ways of dealing with insects. Dragon flies, bats, and birds like Purple Martins are all voracious mosquito eaters. Take this route over Mosquito Squad. Your grandchildren will thank you.
Read more

Mosquito Control: Out of Control July 10, 2017

Yes, Vector Control is back, having had their funding renewed by The Suffolk County Legislature.  So these next three days, as will be the case every two weeks throughout the summer, the copters will be flying again.   We can only hope for the sake of our marshes, that this… Read more

Suffolk County Mosquito Control Takes to The Skies (Ugh) July 10, 2017

Yes, Vector Control is back, having had their funding renewed by The Suffolk County Legislature.  So these next three days, as will be the case every two weeks throughout the summer, the copters will be flying again.   We can only hope for the sake of our marshes, that this… Read more

End Suffolk’s Misguided Mosquito Spraying Program June 28, 2017

It’s time to trash our marshes again: Suffolk County has had a decades long program of spraying for mosquitoes around our marshes.    We still have a lot of mosquitoes, and a lot of dying marshes.   When you take out a key element of the food chain — mosquito… Read more

Diamondback Terrapins: Save Our Marshes, End The Harvest!! May 18, 2017

  Growing up on Long Island, I loved turtles. Painted, snappers, box turtles, spotted turtles, mud turtles. But for me the most elusive and by far the most beautiful were The Diamondback Terrapins. Their habitat is salt water marsh. They will spend their entire lives in that marsh, with only… Read more

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

Curt Johnson, Executive Director, Save The Sound January 30, 2017

Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Save The Sound, issues an Eco Reportcard on the water quality of Long Island Sound, and discusses what remains to be done, especially on Long Island Read more

Menhaden Management January 3, 2017

The dramatic increase in sightings of whales to our near-shore ocean waters (we’ve all seen the photos and videos of these massive creatures feasting on menhaden) is spectacular. In our opinion, this resurgence is enough of a benefit to justify the continuation of the policy direction taken by the Commission. The long-term impact of the increased population of menhaden is difficult to quantify, but it is having a positive effect on tourism and the quality of life for Long Islanders. Read more

Sandy and The Breach (and Now Inlet) Four Years On October 28, 2016

Sandy and The Breach Four Years On   Good day everyone.   I am Marshall Brown, President and Co-Founder of Save The Great South Bay.   Today, Oct 29th, marks the 4th anniversary of Sandy, and of the inlet it created.   The accompanying slide show has been provided by Mike Busch of… Read more

Fee Referendum: Let the People of Long Island Decide April 26, 2016

It is imperative that the Long Island delegation in Albany represents our interests and works to get the Water Quality Protection Fee Referendum on the ballot this November so that the people of Long Island can vote for their future. We deserve the right to represent our interests. Read more

A Referendum On Long Island’s Future April 24, 2016

Suffolk County will have a referendum on The Water Quality Protection Fee on the ballot this November. For an average of $73 dollars per family of 4 per year, we can have the funds necessary to address in a large scale way the nitrogen pollution issues threatening our bays, rivers, and ponds, our drinking water, and indeed our way of life as “Islanders.” Read more

SAVE THE GREAT SOUTH BAY — AN EARTH DAY PSA April 21, 2016

Donate For Earth Day to help Save The Great South Bay! Read more

A Breach Flyover, 1-28 2016 January 30, 2016

How’s The New Inlet / Bellport Inlet / Breach doing post-Jonas? It’s still beautiful, but in new and different ways! Stephen Borghardt, A Director of Save The Great South Bay was up in Dave Sieglinger’s plane to take a look. Great shots! Read more

Long Island’s Aquifers. We Are In Trouble, Folks, and We Don’t Even Know It January 30, 2016

We absolutely need to start managing our drinking water on Long Island, or we will not have any drinking water in due time. Salt water intrusion has already begun to taint the aquifers because we pump far too much water out, half for our lawns. We’ve chosen our lawns over our children, above the needs of future generations! Toxic plumes of VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) large and small, seep ever further and wider into the groundwater, imperiling the one source of water we have. Read more

“Water Matters” — For Every Long Islander! January 14, 2016

Water Matters will help environmental organizations on Long Island communicate. It is streamed from www.liwater.org/water-matters.html live and from the archive

Read more

“Long Island is All Clammed Up” – Is It Too Late For Our Bays? October 16, 2013

It is important to remember that many of the land use issues discussed each week have real impacts to the lives of Long Islanders, and failure to heed economic and environmental warning signs can lead to real consequences. If we fail to protect our water system, the consequences will be dire.

In recent weeks, environmentalists, New York State government leaders, News 12 Long Island and others have been working on a public campaign to increase public awareness about Long Island’s drinking and surface waters. Failing to protect the aquifer is costly on a variety of fronts. With the recent call for state intervention, and the return of brown tide on the South Shore, it’s critical that action is taken sooner rather than later. Read more

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

Keep The Old Inlet Open! March 12, 2013

Newsday has been actively misreporting on the issue of the breach at the Old Inlet.    They have been playing right into the hands of the political fearmongers and the government contractors who would abuse a public good — The Great South Bay — for their own narrow benefit.   The… Read more