Mastic and Shirley residents in cooperation with their community organizations have played a prominent role in the efforts to restore the Forge River and its tributaries. Save the Forge River was established specifically to address the condition of the River, its tributaries and the greater watershed. Environmental organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Peconic Baykeeper, and others have contributed to the dialog. The Unkechaug Indian Nation borders the estuary and has a strong interest in the health of the waters. The Waterways Homeowners Association, Mastic-Shirley Chamber of Commerce, Manor Park Civic Association, William Floyd Community Summit, and the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organization have all been involved in the efforts to address Forge River problems.
TASKFORCE / WATERSHED ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Forge River Task Force, formed in 2005 by the Town of Brookhaven developed a strategy to restore Forge River health. It worked with the NYS DEC to place the estuary on the State's Impaired Waters List, oversaw the mapping of drainage infrastructure, and, along with Save the Forge River, played an advocacy role in securing federal funding for the river. The Forge River Task Force has been designated as the Watershed Advisory Committee to oversee development of this Watershed Management Plan.
FORGE RIVER TASK FORCE MEMBERS
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – Chair
- New York State Department of State
- Town of Brookhaven Department of Environmental Protection & Land Management
- South Shore Estuary Reserve
- Suffolk County Department of Health Services
- Suffolk County Planning
- Suffolk County Department of Public Works
- Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning
- Save the Forge River, Inc.
- Peconic Baykeeper
- Ducks Unlimited
- Unkechaug Indian Nation
- Waterways Homeowners Association