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Posted on: May 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. Recognized for Cleaning Babylon’s Waterways

The second annual Town of Babylon Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. (Stop Polluting, Littering and Save Harbors) at the town’s 2018 Earth Day Celebration. The organization, who charters boats out of Freeport, have served the residents of the Town of Babylon for almost 30 years by cleaning up waterways and making them clean and enjoyable. In the last three years alone, volunteers have removed over 35,000 plastic bags, 90,000 bottles and over 6,000 bags of trash. To accomplish this, the volunteers spent over 18,000 hours on over 1,300 boat trips.

Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and other members of the Babylon Town Board were joined by Jeremy Campbell, a representative for the New York Department of State in recognizing the hardworking staff of Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. Proclamations from the Town of Babylon and New York State were presented to Captain Paul SanPalo and family members of the late Captain Rob DiGiacomo. Supervisor Schaffer also presented the organization with a plaque thanking its members for their service to the Babylon community.

To learn more about the organization or if you’d like to volunteer, visit

Other attendees included: Town Clerk Gerry Compitello, Councilmembers Jackie Gordon and Anthony Manetta, Town of Babylon Chief Environmental Analyst Rich Groh, Office of Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre representative Brendan Cunningham and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly.

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