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.

True Blue: “Drink The Bay Clean” Is A Beer For The Bay May 24, 2018

Thank you Mark Burford, Sayville High School ’80, Founder, Brewmaster Emeritus and architect of Drink The Bay Clean! This will be a great summer at… Read more

Seeking Apprentice Oysterers May 24, 2018

Chuck Westfall of Thatch Island Oysters by Captree [ In opening shot ] is looking for future oyster farmers. $15 an hour.   Chuck is also… Read more

Save The Great South Bay Announces Partnership With 1% For The Planet April 27, 2018

A huge thanks to Cornucopia of Sayville!   They will be supporting Save The Great South Bay through 1% For The Planet.   They advocated for our… 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

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

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

“Long Island is All Clammed Up” – Is It Too Late For Our Bays? October 16, 2013

It is important to remember that many of the land use issues discussed each week have real impacts to the lives of Long Islanders, and… Read more

There’s more in the blog.