Defend Our Creeks

Creeks are the lifeblood of Long Island. Let’s open them up and let them flow.

The Great South Bay will only be as healthy as the streams, creeks and rivers that flow into it. There are some 41 creeks that flow into the bay along the South Shore. We are designating Creek Defenders for each – will you be one?

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The Babylon Creek Defender and Director at Save The Great South Bay, Todd Shaw

The Great South Bay will only be as healthy as the 41 or so creeks that flow into it. For generations, they have been blocked, built over, become trash filled, polluted by a polluted groundwater. The Creek Defender Program calls upon people in every community on The South Shore to become good local stewards, healing our creeks as we heal the bay.   We have found that marinas make an ideal base of operations, and are reaching out to all marina owners on The Great South Bay to participate in bringing the bay back to health.

Please contact us if you can help establish a Creek Defender in your community. We already have Creek Defenders in Amityville (Todd Brice) and Babylon (Todd Shaw). For 2018, we are seeking to establish programs in Lindenhurst, Islip, Bayshore, Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, and Patchogue. We welcome your participation!

Recent progress on creeks

Here’s what we’ve recently been up to. Your participation could look like one of these updates, or – if you can’t dive in there and get dirty yourself, just support the project and we’ll find a way to do it. Everyone has a part in this shared cause.

The Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion August 27, 2018

On August 26th, the 4th Annual Great South Bay Paddle Board Race was held, as it is every year, at The Bay Shore Yacht Club,… Read more

Sayville Creek Defenders — Braving The Elements August 19, 2018

On Saturday, August 4th, the Sayville Creek Defenders, culled mostly from the membership of The Greater Sayville Civic Association, as led by James Bertsch and… Read more

South Shore Paddleboards: A Friend of SGSB! May 24, 2018

This video was shot just days before a fire from a nearby business shuttered Karen’s store. She has now camped her business at The Long… Read more

Introducing The Creek Defender Program May 24, 2018

About the Author Latest PostsAbout Marshall BrownVisit My WebsiteThe Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion – August 27, 2018Sayville Creek Defenders… Read more

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

About the Author Latest PostsAbout Marshall BrownVisit My WebsiteThe Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion – August 27, 2018Sayville Creek Defenders… Read more

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

About the Author Latest PostsAbout Marshall BrownVisit My WebsiteThe Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion – August 27, 2018Sayville Creek Defenders… Read more

Blue Point Creek Defender: A Day In Purgatory May 21, 2018

The Blue Point Community Coalition, a newly formed and highly passionate local civic association, has demonstrably taken the ball and run with it.   In that… Read more

Volunteer Certificate April 27, 2018

This is to certify that the bearer worked as a volunteer for Save The Great South Bay as part of our Creek Defender Program on… Read more

A Swamp Forest Is Born In Babylon April 22, 2018

The Creek Defender Program is for the 41 creeks that feed into The Great South Bay. Babylon is our model. On April 21st, with the… 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… Read more

Defending Our Creeks By Restoring Habitats April 10, 2018

As I sit in my office on yet another dreary early spring day, I think of all that’s really just around the corner for Save… 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… Read more

By The Rivers Of Babylon November 26, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22nd, Save The Great South Bay launched The Creek Defender Program in Babylon on Carll’s River.   Working with The Village: Babylon… Read more

A Creek Defender Is Born in Babylon November 26, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22nd, Save The Great South Bay launched The Creek Defender Program in Babylon on Carll’s River.   Working with The Village: Babylon… Read more

The Babylon Creek Defender Program Launches March 1, 2017

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 South… Read more

Creek Defenders To The Rescue! August 26, 2016

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… Read more

There’s more in the blog.