Last Updated: May 3, 2022; Contributors: Ian-H.;
Overall Observations: Operation Splash helps to clean up beaches and bays, works to reduce pollution from sewage treatment plants and storm drains, increases public awareness of salt marsh protection, and provides education programs.
Long Island Explorer: The bottom of every page of the website includes a “Birds of the Bay” section, featuring pictures and descriptions of native birds. Clicking on a picture leads to a page on that specific bird, including many more pictures and more detailed descriptions of habitat, diet, migration, nesting, and more.
Freshwater Observations: The site primarily focuses on water quality. One of their initiatives relates to sewage treatment plants, citing the high bacteria, chlorine, mercury, and nitrogen levels in the effluent released into the Reynolds Channel by the Bay Park Plant. Operation SPLASH lobbied to bring attention to the issue, ending in a steep penalty to Nassau County from the DEC.
Wildlife Observations: The website includes a substantial amount about birds. A picture and name for numerous different birds is featured on their website. Under “read more” below each picture, there is a more detailed description of location, behavior, diet, and much more for each bird.
Marine Ecology Observations: The site includes a section on salt march protection. It explains the important of the salt march, details how human behavior—primarily large boat wakes—can collapse and destroy the salt marshes, and exhorts responsibility in boat handling to prevent this erosion.
Finances: This organization raises money through donations on its website. It also receives grants.
Question Asked: I read about some Operation SPLASH initiatives involving water quality, such as the Sewage Treatment Plants and Storm Drains initiatives. How does Operation SPLASH collect or gather the necessary data for these projects?
Response: For Sewage Treatment Plants, they receive grants and use the money to hire scientists to collect proper data on the effluent and water quality. They go through reputable scientific organizations so that they can share credible data with sewage treatment plant executives as well as law makers and regulators.