Operation SPLASH

The low-cost solution to waterfront pollution.

aka OPERATION SPLASH INC   |   Freeport, NY   |  www.operationsplash.org

Mission

Operation SPLASH is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to improving the quality of life on Long Island's shores through clean-ups, advocacy, and education.

Notes from the nonprofit

2014: Operation SPLASH is represented on the following public service boards:
• Member of the Wastewater Treatment Facilities Committee to ensure the health and safety of Nassau County residents and our local environment
• Co-Chair of the New York State Committee Community Reconstruction Zone program (CRZ) Responsible for leading the community’s involvement to complete a reconstruction zone plan after Sandy, Irene and Lee to determine how best to rebuild so the community will be safer, stronger and more resilient than before.
• Member of the Nassau County Water Resources Board, appointed 2014
• Co-Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the South Shore Estuary Reserve- recommending ways to improve bay conditions
• Commissioner for the Conservation of the Environment for Freeport- Make recommendations to village officials regarding environmental issues in Freeport
• Treasurer and Ex-Captain of the Freeport Fire Department Underwater Search and Rescue Squad- Charter member, diver rescue certified
• Board of Directors for the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District- Work to protect Nassau County’s soil erosion and storm water runoff problems
• Nassau County representative for the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan- Secured funds from NY State to preserve the open space in Nassau County
• Member of the Nassau County Hundred Million Dollar Bond Act Review Committee- Review applications for all projects and make funds available for those worth while
• Member of the Western Bays Work Group- Working towards improving the sewage treatment facility guidelines
• Member of the Freeport Board of Water and Light Commission
• Environmental Representative for New York State Clean Marina Program- Working with New York Marine Trades and SUNY Sea Grant to write the website for New York State’s Clean Marina Best Management Practices
• Vice President of America the Beautiful Campaign- Organize clean ups in the reservoirs, tributaries, and woodlands of Nassau County
• Member of the South Shore Bayhouse Owners Association- Protecting the historical integrity of bay houses in the Western Bays

Ruling year info

1994

Board President

Robert Weltner

Main address

202 Woodcleft Avenue

Freeport, NY 11520 USA

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EIN

11-3186309

NTEE code info

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The impact on Long Island's environment by its inhabitants.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bay Clean-ups

Bay Clean-ups: held from March through November, each season beginning with a county-wide event

Population(s) Served
Adults

Mill Basin Storm Drain Debris Trap: Research, design and funding for a NYS award winning debris trap that stops over 200 barrels of street trash from entering the bays each year …This program is ongoing, with boat crews patrolling and removing trapped debris 2x a week. The results are quantified and reprted to agencies involved in public policy reform.
 
 
 Ø Storm Drain Project: Instrumental in receivingmillions of dollars in grants to install over 4,500 water filter devices

Population(s) Served
Adults

‘Drains to Bay’ Decal Project: Installed over 5000 decals in varied south shore towns, notifying citizens to stop street trash before it gets to the bays! This is ongoing, offering community action groups one-time projects for their members to perform in their own communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ocean Bay Water Exchange Project: Provide research and solutions to re-open inlets that were closed during the creation of Robert Moses State Park (Jones Beach). Re-opening these inlets will allow pollutants to flow out of the bays away from wildlife and recreational boaters and beachgoers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Operation SPLASH offers education programs at SPLASH Headquarters, marinas and safe boating classes. Boaters and marina operators join in training programs, where participants are instructed on current measures for pollution prevention as defined by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.



NOAA defines the Clean Marina Program as an incentive-based, voluntary program that encourages marina owners and boaters to follow environmentally sound procedures. However, since 1990, when NOAA and the EPA standardized these regulations, there has been no "Citizen Education Campaign” to teach boaters and marina operators on Long Island how to put these procedures into effect.

"The goal of the program is to provide citizen education,” said Devorah Crupar of Operation SPLASH, "and to give boaters an understanding of how to enjoy our waters in compliance with the regulations.” These regulations focus on waste and sewage removal, correct handling of oils, metals and other dangerous contaminants and providing effective measures to limit the disruption to the natural environment of the bay.

In addition to working with marinas, Operation SPLASH is reaching out to safe boating classes. "These classes are the first step for new boaters in the community, and this training will teach them good environmental behaviors from the start,” said Captain Don Harris, 1st VP of Operation SPLASH.

This is particularly important now, as Long Island continues to recover from the ecological damage wrought by super storm Sandy. New resiliency plans include a focus on measures that promote a healthy ecology for the long term. Operation SPLASH believes that through educating boat and marina owners they can make a significant and continuing environmental impact.

According to NOAA, besides the positive environmental effects this initiative will have, there is also a financial benefit for marinas. In addition to reducing waste disposal costs and reducing legal liabilities, marinas that take part in this program will receive publicity through press releases and newsletters as they join the nationwide Clean Marina Initiative. To facilitate this goal, "a comprehensive training program just for marina owners and employees will kick off the season,” said Mindy Schanback, Operation SPLASH Clean Marina program coordinator.

Population(s) Served
Adults

provide work experience for community service, whether mandatory or volunteer based.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Water sampling of the embayments on the south shore of Nassau County and Western Suffolk. Sampling for DO, Turb, Chl-a, temp, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Envioronmental Group of the Year 2000

Freemason's

Stewardship Award- Mill Basin Debris Trap 2006

NYS Department of State

Enviornmentalist of the Year 2010

Sierra Club

Enviornmentalist of the Year 2010

Woodman of the World

Environmental Champion Award 2015

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2

Annual Environmental Stewardship Award 2018

Town of Babylon

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SPLASH's goal is to be put out of business! When citizens understand the issues and change they way they think and act, we can sell off the boats and run around the beach naked!

Our strategies include:
Educating the public, educating the public, educating the public!
Educating policymakers!
And in the meantime, we are out there cleaning up the mess.

SPLASH is represented on every major community group to effect environmental change. We have 7 work boats in operation from March through November. We have a vibrant Citizen Education Program.

We have a membership of more than 3,500 passionate people. They impact their families, coworkers and neighbors. We have crews cleaning up the bays from the Queens border past the Suffolk border. We speak in front of more than 2,000 people each year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Operation SPLASH

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Weltner

Barbara Ludwig

Investment Banker

Dante Grover

Marine Trade Business Owner

James Jewett

Banking

Joe Pignataro

Architect

Larry Grebnar

Real Estate Business

Rob Weltner

Retired

Robert Broder

Attorney

Skip Zawrotny

Marine Trade Business Owner

Stefanie Scherner

Alternative Health Specialist

Jerry Foster

Media Marketing Specialist

Mary Jean McCarthy

Adelphi University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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