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.

Summer 2020 GSB Scavenger Hunt July 14, 2020

New Date! Sat Aug 15-Sun Aug 16 Join our Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt between July 24-26th when teams of up to four players compete for… Read more

Do Good, Drink Well. July 11, 2020

It’s back & more refreshing than ever. It’s Blue Point Brewery’s remarkable (and limited edition) label, Drink The Bay Clean, created to support Save The… Read more

LI Aquifer-LIPBC
The Pine Barrens: How Trees Protect Our Water May 1, 2020

Save The Great South Bay warmly welcomes guest blogger, Katie Muether Brown, Deputy Director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society on how our Pine… Read more

Hunt for the American Chestnut Challenge April 20, 2020

For thousands of years after the last glacial period, the American Chestnut, Castanea Dentata, dominated the eastern Deciduous Forests of the eastern United States, making… Read more

American Chestnut Seedling
Sprouts with Historic Roots April 20, 2020

Humble beginnings with Nikolaos Nantsis, James Bertsch, Stephen Borghardt, Rob Vasiluth, Marshall Brown, et al. These tiny sprouts are those of Long Island wild type American Chestnut growing in… Read more

Looking Backward –And Ahead March 21, 2020

2019 was a banner year for Save the Great South Bay. All that we had planned for 2020 is gone, so what do we do… 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

$10.4 Million From Albany For Shellfish Hatcheries 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

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

There’s more in the blog.