Habitat Restoration

Oysters eat murky water for lunch.   If we bring them back in volume, they’ll clean the bay better and faster than any human can.

We advocate for healing the creeks that feed our bay, for bay-friendly yards, for helping to return a shellfishing industry to the Great South Bay, and for the deployment of modern wastewater treatment technologies to address the problems caused by 500,000 cesspools and septic tanks, as well as the 197 large scale septic systems in malls, apartment complexes and locally.

Contribute to a Healthier Bay!

 

Filter Feeders

Did you know that one oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day?   What could that mean for The Great South Bay?

It’s been calculated that 5000 acres of oyster farms in the bay would be enough to deal with 147% of the nitrogen problem.   A clean bay AND 5000 acres of oysters, with each acre producing $100,000+ of revenue.

A revitalized bay AND a revitalized shellfishing industry.   And the resurrection of a way of life that had seemingly vanished.

Save The Great South Bay works closely with oyster growers on The South Shore. We seek to implement new techniques for the reintroduction of oysters such as we see being undertaken in The Chesapeake, or through New York City’s Billion Oyster Project, or closer to home, with Friends of Bellport Bay. Given the value of oysters today, there is also a lot of innovation around how best to grow them.

Of course, nothing happens without cleaner water. That is why getting rid of our cesspools and septic tanks, healing our creeks, tackling runoff, and practicing natural lawn care is so important.

Please contact us with any suggestions you may have.  You can also donate our efforts. We want to apply the latest techniques in aquaculture to revitalize our bay, our economy and our local culture.

Recent progress on habitat restoration

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.

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

Whatsa Flupsy? Volunteering To Return Clams To The GSB March 8, 2019

Cornell Cooperative Extension recently reached out to Save The Great South Bay in search of lead volunteers and regular volunteers for their Shellfish Restoration Project. … 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

Rising Tides and a Dying Bay January 25, 2019

Jack Bonner, student at Loyola in Maryland, and from East Islip, submitted his research paper on the bay he grew up with. He discusses its… Read more

Latest Efforts To Clean Up Polluted Waters May Be A Drop In The Bucket January 21, 2019

“The Foggiest Idea” looks at what progress we have made lowering nitrogen levels in our waters. The problem is only a tiny fraction of the… 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

Official: Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish September 9, 2017

Invests $7.25 Million in Public Hatcheries Across Long Island and $3.15 Million to Obtain Adult Shellfish  Shellfish Restoration Council to Direct Efforts and Coordinate Training … Read more

Route It South May 26, 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CESSPOOLS AND SEPTIC TANKS ARE SEEPING NITROGREN INTO OUR GREAT SOUTH BAY…?   THAT NITROGEN HAS ALL… Read more

Route It South — Bring Sewering To Low Lying Areas Near The Great South Bay, and Maybe Bring Back Oystering May 26, 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CESSPOOLS AND SEPTIC TANKS ARE SEEPING NITROGREN INTO OUR GREAT SOUTH BAY…?   THAT NITROGEN HAS ALL… Read more

Learn Oyster Gardening — And Help Rebuild A Way of Life January 21, 2016

A class to teach young people the art of oyster growing is about to begin in Islip at Great Atlantic Shellfish Farms. Register now! Create… Read more

Cleaning Our Polluted Waters With Oysters — A Bill Awaits Governor Christie’s Signature. What of New York? January 19, 2016

We need to be able to use oysters as a means of cleaning up the polluted water in our bays. The science and the economics… Read more

screenshot from video: Fire Island Hurricane Sandy new inlet breach by National
National Geographic On The Breach / New Inlet — Sandy’s Silver Lining October 29, 2013

Nice video on The New Inlet/ breach from National Geographic. Got some old time baymen featured. Good job! Nice end to a somber day. via… Read more

There’s more in the blog.