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April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor,

I am always amazed that most of the people who live on Long Island do not take advantage of their local beaches. Mind you, Robert Moses or Jones Beach are great beaches, but the local beaches are in my mind are better simply because they are more natural, less manicured and more interesting. Beach Cleanup 4-15-12 Miller Place 007

At Coastal Steward, we have been organizing beach clean-ups for about 25 years. I love to watch the way our volunteers never look at the beach the same way again. They become more aware of what ends up on our shores. In 2012 alone we removed over 29 tons of garbage from our local beaches: we literally fill large dumpsters with it. Though we remove so much garbage each year, I feel that environmentally things are turning around; we are seeing a rebound of certain species populations. People are more aware and they are making changes in their lifestyle that have a direct impact on our environment.

However, there is still a lot to do. Creating jobs doesn’t mean we have to forget about fixing decades of harm that has been already done. A healthy environment means a better quality of life, higher property values and the reason most of us live on Long Island.
For more information about our Adopt-A-Beach Program or Shellfish Restoration Program, or how you can become part of the pollution solution, go to, email me at or call 516 946-6560. Any donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to the programs (as an IRS recgnized 501 (c) (3) non-profit, sponsors can get a tax deduction). Volunteers can earn community service credit.

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Captain Dave Johnson


Dear Editor:

Your readers can be environmental stewards! Environmental stewardship refers to the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.

Living on Long Island, it is especially important to be environmental stewards of our local waterways. We are surrounded by streams, rivers, lakes, bays, the Sound, and the Ocean which we all use and enjoy for both recreation and work. We also depend on our underground aquifers as our sole source of drinking water.

There are simple ways that every person can contribute to the protection of our waters such as picking up and proper disposal of pet waste, recycling household chemicals and automotive fluids, and limiting use of fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn and gardens.Blydenbugh Lake Autumn Boat by Jennifer McGivern

For more tips on how to be a steward of our waterways go to: and


Jennifer McGivern
Research Technician
Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning
Division of Water Quality Improvement



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