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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 creeks and rivers that flow into it. There are some 50 creeks that flow into the bay along the 16 communities along the South Shore. The Creek Defender Program calls upon people in each of those communities to become local stewards, healing our creeks as we heal the Bay. They are led by a Creek Defenders who acts as a local steward, organizing and guiding their communities, leading cleanups, habitat restoration projects, and native planting initiatives. They spread our message that our care for the Bay begins on the land, and the quality of that water entering the bay

Meet Our Creek Defenders


Tom Dempsey


Todd Brice


In partnership with Venice Civic Association


Dave Schrader

West Babylon

Christina Galante


Todd Shaw

West Islip

Andy Mirchel

Bay Shore

Tom Kain


in partnership with Keep Islip Clean


Brad Shaw


James Bertsch


Bob Draffin

Blue Point

Jason Borowski


James Acierno


In partnership with CEED

Mastic Beach

Walt Meshenberg


Lend a hand! Join our Creek Defenders and help clean up Long Island’s fragile waterways.

Map Of Long Island Tributaries 

Map Of Long Island Tributaries

More About Creek Defending

Clean Up a Shore Thing in Patchogue

Clean Up a Shore Thing in Patchogue

Despite a cloudy start to the day, it was a "shore" thing as Patchogue Creek Defender James Acierno partnered with local nautical brand Old Soldier and the team at Blue Point Brewing Company and our steady dates for this Creek Defender season, Starbucks, for a cleanup...

Water Warriors {Yep, That’s Us}

Water Warriors {Yep, That’s Us}

Written by Tom Schlichter and as seen in Newsday, 04/29/21 Long Island outdoors lovers are often looking for environmental organizations to volunteer with come spring. Especially attractive are grassroots societies that endeavor to promote, protect and improve our...

Troop 399 Cleans Up Along Sampawams

Troop 399 Cleans Up Along Sampawams

On Saturday, April 24th, Troop 399 joined West Islip Creek Defender Andy Mirchel to clean up along the Sampawams Creek. These scouts were literally up to their knees in muck gathering debris from the creek beds allowing the creek to flow freely again. A simultaneous...

The Doozy is Now a Done-zy!

The Doozy is Now a Done-zy!

Nearly three dozen volunteers turned out on Saturday, March 14 to clean up in the outfall ravine leading from the Country Village neighborhood to the Connetquot River. They removed nearly 80 contractor bags of debris from the area; debris that would've otherwise made...

It’s a Doozy… Over 10 Years of Trash Buildup

All hands on deck - this one is a doozy! Save The Great South Bay, 501(c)3 is proud to team up with Keep Islip Clean and their lead volunteer, Bill Raftery, to finally clean up in the ravine area just West of the Connetquot River on Sunday, 03/14 from 9 AM - 12 PM....

Help Save The Bay on GivingTuesday

Help Save The Bay on GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a very simple idea - a day that encourages people to pause for a moment, reflect on what's important to them & simply do good. It is now a global movement and your chance to help the Great South Bay. Save The Great South Bay is a 501(c)3...