Fact SheetHistory

Chronology of Achievement

October 2011 – FOB announces Completion of Watershed Action Plan.

October 2011 – FOB awarded grants by Long Island Sound Futures Fund for phase one of the restoration of Mill River-Beekman Creek, and preparation of the 2010 annual water quality report.

September 2011 – Long Island Sound declared a No Discharge Zone

August 2011 – FOB Executive Director featured on Verizon Fios Push Pause TV

March 2011 – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reopens Turtle Cove to shellfishing.

March 2011 – FOB nominated for Region 2 Environmental Quality Awards

March 2011 – FOB Executive Director named Ecocentric Hero of the Week by GRACE Communications Foundation

December 2010 – FOB Executive Director asked to participate in Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee

November 2010 – Town of Oyster Bay receives grant to fund formation of Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, one of the top ten priority actions of the Watershed Action Plan.

November 2010 – Mill Pond Habitat Management Plan presented to the public at FOB offices.

October 2010 – First meeting of the Steering Committee for Watershed Action Plan held at Oyster Bay High School, over 50 people attend.

October 2010 – FOB Executive Director tours Plum Island with Long Island Sound Study.

July 2010 – FOB assists in removing 24,000 pounds of invasive water chestnut from the Mill Pond in Oyster Bay.

May 2010 – Friends of the Bay, in cooperation with the Town of Oyster Bay and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association conducts Earth Day Harbor cleanup, removing over 20 tons of litter and debris.

March 2010 – Town of Oyster Bay receives a grant for the planning of a Blueway Trail which will extend from Hempstead Harbor though Oyster Bay and into Cold Spring Harbor. Friends of the Bay had urged the development of the trail, and formed a steering committee.  The Blueway Trail is one of the top ten priority actions in the Watershed Action Plan.

October 2009 – FOB finalizes the State of the Watershed Report, and presents it to the public.  The State of the Watershed Report, prepared by Fuss & O’Neill is a comprehensive assessment of all the existing environmental and land use conditions in the watershed. 

April 2009 – FOB awarded Environmental Quality Award by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its water quality monitoring program.

April 2009 – Friends of the Bay attends groundbreaking ceremony at “The Birches” with NY State Senator Charles Schumer, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and legislator Diane Yatauro.

October 2008 – Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor complex designated a Federal No Discharge Zone.

September 2008 – FOB honors Congressman Lester Wolff at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club.

August 2008- Nassau County approves agreement with Town of Oyster Bay to connect “The Birches” to a sewage treatment in Glen Cove.

July 2008 – FOB assists in removal of invasive water chestnuts from the Mill Pond in Oyster Bay.

July 2008 – Town of Oyster Bay Town Board votes to approve agreement between the Town of Oyster Bay and Nassau County to connect the development known as “The Birches” to a sewage treatment plant in Glen Cove.

April 2008 – New York State Governor David Paterson rejects Broadwater Proposal.

January 2008 – FOB again named One of the Best Environmental Groups on Long Island by readers of the Long Island Press.

October 2007 – FOB awarded grant from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund to develop a Watershed Management Plan for the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Estuary and Watershed.

September 2007 – FOB launches new and updated website .

January 2007 – FOB member of the Eastern Waterfront Visioning Steering Committee.

December 2006 – FOB named one of the Best Environmental Groups on Long Island by readers of the Long Island Press.

September 2006 – FOB receives $36,000 grant to upgrade and expand its water quality monitoring program.  FOB also was a partner on grants for a Fish Passage Assessment Project (Long Island Trout Unlimited and Environmental Defense), West Shore Road Stormwater Demonstration Project (Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District) and a No Discharge Zone Information and Education Program (Town of Oyster Bay)

July 2006 – FOB works with Boy Scout Troop 253 and the Town of Oyster Bay to place storm drain markers in the hamlet of Oyster Bay to remind residents that whatever goes into storm drains will make its way into harbor waters.

July 2006 – FOB appointed by the Town of Oyster Bay to committee to oversee development of a management plan for the Mill Pond Overlook Property.

July 2006 – Avalon Bay’s proposal denied by Town of Oyster Bay.  FOB spoke out against the project due to concerns about the negative impact on the harbor from possible sewage overflows and the precedent setting change of zoning applications.

May 2006 – The Town of Oyster Bay acquires the Mill Pond Overlook property which FOB had nominated through the Town’s environmental bond program.

October 2005 – The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge is selected by Defenders of Wildlife as one of 2005’s ten most threatened refuges in the country due to threats from sewage overflows and  unsustainable development.

January 2005 – FOB launches campaign to protect the Mill Pond Watershed; FOB along with local residents and other groups create a coalition to protect the Watershed from such threats as irresponsible development.

2004 – FOB protested the proposal to dump dredged material into Long Island Sound; FOB critiqued several development proposals including Avalon Bay’s plan to construct a 300-unit apartment complex.

February 2003 – FOB, in conjunction with the TOB, awarded State Environmental Protection Fund grant to perform outreach and education regarding the Mill River Watershed Study and Public Stewardship Program.

May 2002 – FOB launches and education campaign promoting the use of “bilge socks” in boats with inboard motors, FOB distributes nearly 500 bilge socks.

April 2002 – FOB expands water quality monitoring program to include testing for nitrogen levels.

November 2001 – FOB obtains $90,000 from private and government sources for tidal wetland restoration project on Centre Island with a unique tide gate.

Summer/Fall 2001 – FOB adds 12 water quality monitoring sites in Mill Neck Creek to assist the Village of Bayville with data collection needed for its assessment of the water quality impact associated with septic systems.

June 2001 – FOB hosts First Annual Bay Day – a community festival at the Western Waterfront; Water quality monitoring extended to Mill Neck Creek.

July 2000 – FOB Director named Chair of Town committee for the revitalization of downtown Oyster Bay.

January 2000 – FOB awarded Environmental Protection Agency grant to conduct education campaign about residential wastewater systems and their impact on Mill Neck Creek; Center for Marine Education and Recreation is created as a separate entity to promote the implementation of the WaterFront Center.

Spring 1999 – FOB hires environmental analyst and launches volunteer water quality monitoring program; work begins on the Western Waterfront.

September 1998 – Governor Pataki – joined by Senator Marcellino, Friends of the Bay and others – announces $2.3 million for the Western Waterfront.

Spring 1998 – TOB Town Board Approves plan for the Western Waterfront that includes a community park, marine education center and wetland restoration.

March 1997 – TOB and New York State Jointly acquire Jakobson Shipyard.

May 1996 – FOB brings oyster sloop Christeen back to Oyster Bay (now linked to the WaterFront Center).

October 1995 – The owners of the Jakobson Shipyard file for de-listing from the NYS Hazardous Waste Registry, after more than 20,000 tons of soil on land and 11,700 tons of underwater sediment are removed.

March 1993 – Senator Marino announces that state money is available for the purchase of the shipyard, when cleanup is completed.

July 1991 – TOB purchases the 2.26 acre Capone Property.

September 1990 – Succumbing to public pressure, Town of Oyster Bay rejects re-zoning application and supports acquisition of shipyard as recommended by FOB; New York State Senator Ralph Marino and TOB Supervisor Angelo Deligatti announce their support for the acquisition of Jakobson Shipyard.

August 1989 – Over 1,000 citizens at rezoning hearing at local high school oppose Town development plan.  FOB unveils own plan for western waterfront.

April 1989 – 2nd public hearing; more than 400 turned away due to overcrowding. FOB hires legal help.

January 1989 – Town hearing on its waterfront plan, which adds further development. More than 500 attend.

May 1988 – FOB holds 1st community meeting to oppose application for zoning change at Jakobson Shipyard. Proposed for the site are 78 condos, 225 boat slips, 399 parking spaces, a 300-seat restaurant, and later, an office tower and boatel.

April 1988 – FOB first proposes a “Classroom by the Bay” at the Jakobson Shipyard.

Fall 1987 – Nine people concerned about pending waterfront development form Friends of the Bay.