Bay Friendly Yards Blog
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.
If we are to save The Great South Bay, it will require that each community along The South Shore mobilizes around clean ups, native plantings, bay friendly native yards that are fertilizer and pesticide free, that all constituencies are actively involved. We cant wait for help from above. Its up to us. That’s OUR Green New Deal.
Two years back, Save The Great South Bay was invited to become a member of the Fertilizer Workgroup for The Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP). LINAP, a multiyear initiative to reduce nitrogen in Long Island's surface and groundwaters, was established by...
Go Native! Go Naked! You can pay the expense in fertilizer, pesticides, and water trying to keep Kentucky Blue Grass and other non-natives alive here on Long Island, or plant what belongs here, and spare yourself the headache and expense while also restoring habitat and improving water quality in our bays, rivers, and ponds.
The second annual 5K Run For The Bay, staged by Blue Island Oyster's Operation Blue Earth for the benefit of that initiative and Save The Great South Bay, took place this last Saturday in Sayville. The run is for the benefit of both Operation Blue Earth and Save The...
The 2nd Annual 5K Run For The Bay Is Happening In Sayville This Saturday! 500 + entrants already! Run for a healthier bay!
Tell your State Senator that you support S-8170, which would reduce the nitrogen content in lawn fertilizers, and give our bays a break.
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...
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,...
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.
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.
Girl Scout Troop #217 (Bayport – Blue Point) is challenging their community to go green, to move away from pesticides and high nitrogen fertilizers, and make The Organic Lawn Pledge
Organic Lawn care is crucial to protecting our drinking water, our groundwater, rivers, ponds and streams. Excess nitrogen is killing all our bays and contaminating our drinking water. Let’s not be spreading it on our lawns.
Save The Great South Bay will help your community go organic and with that help your local waters