As the year ends we are reminded of all that has been accomplished and also what challenges still remain.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your support of Friends of the Bay. To further our mission, we work to stop overdevelopment, protect and improve water quality, prevent increased danger to wildlife, and guard against environmental risks. Friends of the Bay is unique – we are focused solely on protecting the Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor estuary and surrounding watershed.
To achieve our goals of safeguarding and improving the environmental health of our area, we focus on the following areas:
- Advocacy activities include having a seat on the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, a consortium of all local governments responsible for areas within our watershed. This gives us a voice on legislation and regulations that affect our local environment. In addition to the Protection Committee, we have ongoing dialogue with governmental officials on the local, state and federal levels;
- Guarding against overdevelopment, monitoring recent proposals, including a 350-unit waterfront condominium development at the Eastern Waterfront, and a substantial dock expansion to allow mega-yachts;
- Improved wastewater management;
- Water-quality monitoring program, begun more than 20 years ago, provides essential data on the health of the estuary;
- Community outreach, with presentations at civic and community groups, and an ongoing speaker series;
- Monthly cleanups, including our first underwater cleanup;
- Participation in a shellfish gardening program;
- Establishment of bay management areas;
- Projects in the works include rain garden installations, a pilot shell recycling program, and wetland restoration.
Your contribution is essential if we are to continue these efforts. Donations account for more than 90 percent of our operating budget, so please donate to Friends of the Bay by clicking on the Donate Today.