Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision:

“Healthy waters with no limits”

Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor will become a model of suburban watershed protection throughout the nation. Its waters will be the healthiest in all of Long Island Sound with no limits on swimming and shellfishing (except for necessary safety closures around sewage treatment plants). All of the waters will meet the dissolved oxygen, pathogen, nutrient, toxin, habitat and other standards so as to support all the natural, recreational, and commercial uses.


Our Mission:

“Improve the health of Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor by coordinating the efforts of all municipalities in the watershed and engaging the public.”

The Oyster Bay Cold/Spring Harbor Protection Committee’s mission is to establish a sustainable, cooperative partnership among the municipalities within the watershed with input from the public and other stakeholders to efficiently protect and improve water quality through a holistic and integrated watershed-wide approach.

This will accomplished by:
•    developing long range plans,
•    utilizing and implementing the findings of existing studies,
•    sharing information, technology and ideas,
•    developing and implementing best management practices,
•    developing and adopting model ordinances,
•    actively pursuing grants, partnerships and other sources of support for the watershed,
•    conducting and/or supporting water quality and habitat monitoring,
•    enhancing awareness, conducting educational outreach and practicing stewardship,
•    developing and undertaking capital improvement projects,
•    coordinating enforcement, and;
•    consulting with and engaging other governmental agencies, environmental advocates, educational organizations, interest groups, businesses and citizens.


Our Values:

Work together on similar problems for the common good regardless of political affiliation
By working together we achieve more for less
Effectively use limited resources to address priorities
Utilize Existing Resources
Utilize the wealth of existing studies, best management practices and existing ordinances where ever possible to address issues
Where information exists, take action to implement solutions
Support New Research
Support the most cost effective means to obtain answers when existing information does not exist
Long Term Approach
Take a long term view of the harbor and watershed; recognizing that the most significant improvements may take years to implement
Understand that remedial actions need to be monitored to determine their effectiveness and may need to be re-assessed in order to ensure that they achieve what they set out to do