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 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

Massapequa – Tom Dempsey | Amityville – Todd Brice | Copiague –  In partnership with Venice Civic Association | Lindenhurst – Dave Schrader |  West Babylon – Christina Galante | Babylon – Todd Shaw | West Islip – Andy Mirchel | Bay Shore – Tom Kain | Islip – in partnership with Keep Islip Clean |  Oakdale – Brad Shaw  | Sayville – James Bertsch | Bayport – Bob Draffin | Blue Point – Jason Borowski | Patchogue – James Acierno | Bellport – In partnership with CEED | Mastic Beach – Walt Meshenberg