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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.

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Lend a hand! Join our Oyster Project Team and help revive The Great South Bay.

Partnering With Oyster Growers

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.

We advocate for healing the creeks that feed our bay, for bay-friendly yards, for helping to return a shell fishing 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.

The Making Of An Oyster Sanctuary

Part One Of Three
Site Evaluation
Part Two Of Three
Establishing the Sanctuary
Part Three Of Three
Enhancing and Measuring for Success

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.
An Innovative Approach to Restoring Eelgrass

An Innovative Approach to Restoring Eelgrass

Eelgrass is an essential component of the Great South Bay's ecosystem. Over the past decades it has been decimated due in part to Harmful Algal Blooms triggered by nitrogen pollution. Native Long Islander, Robert Vasiluth, has created a new methodology for restoring...

How to Build a Better Rain Garden

How to Build a Better Rain Garden

It is common knowledge that nitrogen is public enemy #1 when it comes to the Great South Bay. Stormwater runoff is a source of nitrogen pollution. As part of Save The Great South Bay's Bay Friendly Yards initiative, we welcome guest blogger Rachel Perez who reveals...

Good Government at Mud Creek

Good Government at Mud Creek

For many, good government describes a system that extends personal liberties. Others see good government as creating economic opportunity, a system that creates the conditions that support personal prosperity But what about government that protects property? What...

The Great Oakdale Clean Up (and a song too!)

The Great Oakdale Clean Up (and a song too!)

It was all hands on deck on Sunday, May 15th, in Oakdale!  Sixty volunteers and eight organizations joined together for the Great Oakdale clean-up!  We came together out of our love for the community and for the Great South Bay. Of particular concern was an illegal...

Scouts Take On Sampawams Creek

Hard working group from troop 399 and leader Joe Fatuzzo cleaned trash from the parked; helped haul out 2 tires, baby mattress springs; a chaise lounge; and 2 pipes. Creek Defenders Ed Ragan and Andy Mirchel cleared 2 damned areas with the scouts helping remove limbs...

NYS Freshwater Wetlands Act Due for a Makeover

NYS Freshwater Wetlands Act Due for a Makeover

Save The Great South Bay, 501(c)3 is a proud signatory on the letter below urging leadership to protect our remaining wetlands and enact strong reforms to New York State's Freshwater Wetlands Act in the One House Budget Proposals. The letter was written and submitted...