January News
New year, new programs. 

This year promises to be an active one for Friends of the Bay. Besides our water quality monitoring and other stewardship activities, we have begun to compile a calendar of events. Some of these will include volunteer opportunities and new Speaker Series presentations as well as favorites like the Kayak Conservation Cruises with The WaterFront Center starting in late spring.  

Another way to stay connected is by taking advantage of our new membership program. You can join (and sign up for events and buy merchandise and more) by visiting our website at  Friends of the Bay.

Our first activity of the year is a kick-off of our monthly cleanup program on February 6. You can register to participate here: Cleanup Registration.
Advocacy Alert

There is a draft plan to investigate contamination at the Commander Oil site in Oyster Bay as part of New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. (A brownfield is a contaminated site.) For more information and how to submit a public comment, click on the link below:


Speaker Series
We have been participating in Save the Sound's (STS) Unified Water Study since its inception in 2017. In October of 2020 STS released its Long Island Sound Report Card, which grades the ecological health of the open waters of the Sound in addition to numerous embayments including ours. Peter Linderoth, Director of Water Quality at Save the Sound, will present an overview of the water quality data sources, grading process, and then dive into the grades and general findings for our next online Speaker Series. Register by clicking the link below.

Perfect way to end our newsletter is with one of John Taylor's beautiful shots.
Looking forward to seeing you online and/or outdoors!



Heather Johnson
Executive Director
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