SOS members are active in several other influential local organizations:
- SOS holds a seat on the Wayne County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
- The SOS president sits on the Sodus Bay Inter-Municipal Committee
- SOS is represented on the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative (LOCI)
- SOS keeps regular contact with our elected officials at the state and federal levels
Information and Education:
- Newsletter sent to over 2500 homes
- E-News E-mail updates to over 500 people
- Articles of interest in local publications
Financial Resources for the Bay:
- SOS has donated money toward the purchase of Mechanical Weed Harvesters now in operation on Sodus Bay
- Representative Jim Walsh has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to help improve the Bay
- In June 2006, SOS received a 3-year grant from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation to fund herbicidal treatment of Water Chestnuts in Second Creek.
- SOS contributed $5000 in seed money toward the development of the Sodus Bay Harbor Management Plan
- SOS contributed $1000 to initiate the development of the Great Sodus Bay Watershed Management Plan
- SOS initiated a Streamwatch Program that gets SOS volunteers involved with monitoring the water of the tributaries emptying into Sodus Bay
- SOS volunteers participate in the International Coastal Cleanup Day annually
- SOS volunteers in small boats manually harvest Water Chestnuts in the Second Creek area each July
Awards and Grants:
- May 2006- SOS received the US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award
- June 2006- We received a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to fund a 3-year project for eradication of Water Chestnuts in Second Creek.
- We have been able to raise funds to help purchase several weed harvesters that are now in service on Sodus Bay, and most importantly, we have had our voice heard throughout the community on important issues, enabling us to begin to truly make a difference.