Creek Defender Program

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 50 creeks that flow into the bay along the 16 communities along The South Shore. Massapequa, Copiague, Amityville Lindenhurst, Babylon, Bay Shore, West Islip, Islip, Oakdale-Great River, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point, Patchogue, Bellport and Mastic. Creek Defenders are local stewards, people who help organize and guide their communities, lead 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.  

Contribute And Become A Member

Your member contribution will support this project and other key STGSB initiatives.

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 50 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.

Want to join our team of Creek Defenders? Contact us!

Our Creek Defender program exists in Massapequa (Tom Dempsey), Amityville (Todd Brice), Lindenhurst (Dave Schrader), Babylon (Todd Shaw), Bay Shore (Tom Kain), Islip (John Edwards), Oakdale (Mary Sullivan), Sayville (James Bertsch), and Bayport (Bob Darffin), Blue Point (Jason Borowski), Patchogue (Andrea Schwalm & Keith Smith), Bellport (Steve Doherty), Brookhaven (Michael Busch). For 2019, we are seeking to establish programs in Bay Shore, Brightwaters, West Islip. 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.

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There’s more in the blog.