- A small, grassroots, not-for-profit organization started in 2004 and incorporated in 2006.
- Formed in response to the severe deterioration of the environment along the shoreline,
coastal wetlands and marsh of Flax Pond and the surrounding areas.
- The stewards and voice of our north shore estuaries.
- To increase public awareness, involvement and action to protect and preserve our shoreline ecosystem.
- To encourage and sponsor research efforts.
- To determine what steps can be taken to ensure the preservation and restoration of the once rich natural resources of our estuary system.
- To educate the community through involvement in hands-on research and stewardship activities.
Why do Flax Pond and our local shores need friends?
- Flax Pond has lost over 15% of its wetlands — the wetlands absorb the energy of storms and protect our shores from erosion and flooding from storm surges.
- Once plentiful shellfish have all but disappeared — clams, mussels and oysters – these shellfish filter the waters of the marsh and bind the marsh sediments.
- Storm water runoff carries debris, chemicals and sediments from our yards and roads, polluting the water to the point that it is no longer able to sustain its diversity.
- Incidences of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) are as frequent in Smithtown Harbor area as in the areas of Long Island Sound bordering the Bronx and Westchester.
- Flax Pond has been closed to shellfish harvest since 2008 due to high coli form bacteria counts.