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.  

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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 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.

Picking It Up On The Penataquit October 21, 2020

On Saturday, October 17th, as part of the 35th Annual International Coastal Clean Up movement, Save the Great South Bay (STGSB) and Keep Islip Clean… Read more

One Creek, One Tree at a Time September 23, 2020

We all want to make a difference. It feels good when you do! We saved trees recently. Those trees are helping us save the Great… Read more

Land Ho! Mayor’s Cup Makes Waves September 15, 2020

It was a perfectly beautiful day for sailing and much befitting the prestigious 2020 Mayor’s Cup Charity Regatta benefitting Save The Great South Bay which… Read more

Restoring Habitat Along Carll’s River July 24, 2020

On the banks of the beautiful Carll’s River in Babylon Village, just where it crosses under Park Avenue, you will find the Carll’s River Native… Read more

Summer 2020 GSB Scavenger Hunt July 14, 2020

New Date! Sat Aug 15-Sun Aug 16 Join our Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt between July 24-26th when teams of up to four players compete for… Read more

Do Good, Drink Well. July 11, 2020

It’s back & more refreshing than ever. It’s Blue Point Brewery’s remarkable (and limited edition) label, Drink The Bay Clean, created to support Save The… Read more

Official SGSB Letter To The NYS Parks Department Re: West Brook With Bonus Drone Footage July 21, 2019

With the failure of the dam at West Brook, we all have a golden opportunity to engage in some essential habitat restoration,   The fact that… Read more

“We” Cleaned Mill Pond July 12, 2019

Originally posted with The Suffolk County News, June 20th.   Reprinted with permission here. By James Bertsch SAYVILLE—Self-interest offers no solutions for pollution.  In fact, it’s… Read more

Repel The Invaders And Help Save The Great South Bay June 20, 2019

As those familiar with this organization knows, we are dedicated to habitat restoration, whether along our creeks via The Creek Defender Program, or on our… Read more

Coffee With The Supervisor: Native Plantings, Methoprene June 18, 2019

This week, Ed Romaine’s guest is Marshall Brown. Executive Director of Save The Great South Bay. Together they discuss Native Plantings, invasives, and methoprene. Read more

Massapequa Creek Defenders: Preserving Their Preserve May 5, 2019

It was a surprisingly wet Saturday in Massapequa for its first Creek Defender Day May 4th, this Saturday.   The spring has been a soggy one,… Read more

Bayshore Creek Defender Day: Joining Forces For The Penataquit May 5, 2019

Some 40 hearty souls came out on Saturday May 4th to help clean up The Penataquit. Thanks to Seatuck, The First Baptist Church, The Bayshore… Read more

Co-Founder Save The Great South Bay
A Passion For The Bay (Via Suffolk County News) April 26, 2019

Marshall Brown of Sayville grew up within a block of The Great South Bay. He’s come home, and his mission is to save it. Read more

Creek Defender Day in Babylon: A Team Effort! April 17, 2019

Babylon’s Third Annual Creek Defender Day drew 65 volunteers despite early threatening weather. We worked hard both in the trash removal and in the planting… Read more

Attention Bayport! Volunteer To Pitch In With Your Creek Defender Bob Draffin Today! April 8, 2019

Bob Draffin, President of The Bayport Civic Association and now President of The Sayville Rotary Club, is now Bayport’s Creek Defender!   In the video below,… Read more

Defending Patchogue’s Creeks April 3, 2019

Join your Creek Defenders and the rest of The Patchogue Community and help The Great South Bay! Read more

Plastic Pollution
Plastic Bags ‘Proposed’ to Be Banned in New York March 30, 2019

New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of… Read more

A Green New Deal For The South Shore and The Great South Bay February 13, 2019

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,… Read more

Save The Great South Bay’s 2019 Plans January 17, 2019

Become a Member of Save The Great South Bay and support a local citizens movement. Sponsor Save The Great South Bay and make a difference… Read more

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

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

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

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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

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