HISTORY: Friends of the Bay was formed in 1987 by a small group of citizens who were concerned about the impact of a proposed development on the Oyster Bay waterfront at the former Jakobsen Shipyard site.. After defeating the environmentally destructive proposal, Friends of the Bay led an extraordinary public process that resulted in the “Land Use Plan for the Oyster Bay Western Waterfront”. Today, the WaterFront Center for Marine Education is located on that site.
Since our founding, we have grown into a powerful voice representing approximately 3000 members. The New York Times has identified Friends of the Bay as one of the most effective environmental organizations around Long Island Sound. In 1997, we received the prestigious Walter B. Jones Memorial and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Excellence Award for Coastal and Resource Management as the “Non-Governmental Organization of the Year”. In 2009 Friends of the Bay was awarded a Region 2 Environmental Quality Award by the Environmental Protection Agency for its citizen water quality monitoring program.