David Johnson, award winning environmental crusader, formed The Coastal Steward in May 2005.
The Coastal Steward’s focus is environmental restoration. Johnson is very excited about the Adopt-A-Beach program. According to Johnson, “The Coastal Steward program is needed, and it's time has come.”
Anyone can get involved in the Adopt-A-Beach or the Sponsor-A-Beach programs. Individuals, businesses, civic organizations and government agencies can all sponsor or adopt a beach. Beach cleanups generally cover up to a half a mile of beach by fifty feet and and are scheduled depending on breeding seasons, weather, tides and other factors.
Johnson has a long record of implementing successful environmental initiatives. He has organized the Port Jefferson Harbor Annual Beach Cleanup since 1989 and is responsible for removing over 404 tons of debris from the harbor and Long Island beaches including the Long Island Sound. (make Long Island in blue). He has also initiated and directs a shellfish restoration project since 2000 and is responsible for releasing over 525,000 adult shellfish into Port Jefferson and Mt. Sinai Harbors.
At the Helm
In this issue of At the Helm, the Board of Directors of Coastal Steward has bittersweet news to share. Captain Dave Johnson, founder of Coastal Steward, has taken a position in Florida, having left Long Island in early January. It was a tremendous surprise to the board. We are all saddened by Dave’s departure but excited by the opportunities that lay ahead for him. The most exciting opportunity and sure to be the most challenging is establishing Coastal Steward in Florida. The Miami area now has Captain Dave Johnson “at the helm” and has the privilege of working with this honored environmentalist. While Captain Dave is working in Miami and has already forged ahead with Coastal Steward – Florida, he will continue supporting Coastal Steward in New York, specifically directing our fundraising efforts and providing us with greatly appreciated expertise.
Even though Captain Dave has left the helm of Coastal Steward New York for waters in Florida, programming on Long Island will remain the same along with exciting new projects currently under way. The Adopt-a-Beach program has already scheduled several beach cleanups with dates as follows:
3/22 Port Jefferson Harbor (Centennial Park)
4/5 Mt. Sinai Harbor (Port Jefferson side)
5/17 Jones Beach (West End by Coast Guard Station)
6/13 Jamaica Bay, (Floyd Bennet Field)
….and date to be announced for Old Field Lighthouse/ White Hull Beach.
The Shellfish Restoration Program is scheduled to start in early June. Dates will soon be announced. The Town of Brookhaven is renewing our agreement with the Coastal Steward to share facilities and equipment at their Mt. Sinai Harbor facility to continue the Shellfish Restoration Program. This agreement will be for three years plus two more one-year options.
Many new and exciting changes are coming to Coastal Steward. We are about to début our new website with a totally updated look, interactive capabilities and many other new functions. One of the main reasons we updated our website is our new Educational Program. The program will have curricula developed by a committee of teachers and will be available to any teacher to incorporate into their classroom. Some of the curricula will be in Power Point Presentation format so the teacher can decide which slides they want and which ones they do not want to use, therefore they will be able to customize it to fit into which ever grade level they teach. As part of this new program, there will be a contest for volunteers to submit a 30 second video, filmed at one of our events. Participants are encouraged to submit to Coastal Steward their video for inclusion on Facebook, Twitter or any other multi-media formats. The top three videos taken during one of our events with the most “hits” win $500 for first prize, $300 for second and $200 for third prize. This should prove to be a lot of fun and gain the Coastal Steward more recognition and exposure for all the great work we do.
We are partnering with local environmental organizations in expanding our shellfish restoration program, developing criteria for two new internship positions, working cooperatively with The Stony Brook School in establishing a video camera for continual monitoring of our osprey nests which will be streamed on our updated website, and providing summer camp programs the opportunity to work directly with the Coastal Steward projects throughout the summer months. It is an exciting time for Coastal Steward. We are anxious to begin working again with the hundreds of Coastal Steward volunteers so that together we can continue to be stewards of our waters and coastline.
We are always looking for sponsors, volunteers and donations (which are tax deductible) so if you want to help a great cause, send us an email at: email@example.com . Please also feel free to contact any of the following people directly if you are interested in a specific Coastal Steward Project:
Shellfish Restoration Project
Publicity and Outreach
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