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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

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