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Marshall Brown
Marshall Brown, with fellow Sayvillian Howard Ryan, is Co-Founder of Save the Great South Bay, an environmental non- profit dedicated to the bay’s revitalization. It’s Facebook Group has over 1400 members as of May 1st, 2014, mostly from towns along Long Island's South Shore -- committed local citizens, baymen, fishermen and marine scientists who have come together to breathe life back into a dying bay so that their children and grandchildren can fish, clam, swim and sail as they had.

Previously, Marshall Brown founded Wired Towns, a company dedicated to bringing wireless and web technologies to Main Streets anywhere.
Prior to Wired Towns, Marshall Brown was Founder and CEO of Wi-Fi Salon, which began in 2002 as an advocacy group for public Wi-Fi in New York City. From Oct 2004 to Oct 2008, he delivered free public Wi-Fi to 10 major NYC parks (Central, Washington Square, Union Square, The Battery, Riverside, Prospect, Corona- Flushing Meadows, Van Cortlandt, Pelham Bay, and Orchard Beach) in 18 locations.

Prior to his life as a Wi-Fi entrepreneur, Marshall worked for 10 years as an information technology consultant working with Fortune 1000 companies and start- ups alike. Prior to that, Marshall was in academia working on a doctorate in English. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard for five years in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from The University of Chicago, and studied at The University of Heidelberg and Columbia.

Entries by Marshall Brown

Remove Them, Remove Every Dam One of Them

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:04 PM

In order to save our rivers and give our oceans a fighting chance, in order to bring back marshland and crucial habitats for fish, amphibians, birds, and reptiles, we need to pull down every dam and spillway on Long Island.

We started blocking these streams back in colonial times,...

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Moving The Country Forward -- Dartmouth College Elects to Become a Model for Civic Engagement via The Franklin Project

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:52 PM

How do we teach civic values to young people at a time when money has thoroughly corrupted politics, where serious policy discussions have been drown out in favor of infotainments, manufactured outrage and 'click-bait?'

How do we instill in our citizenry a sense of duty and common purpose, the belief...

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Could You Be Eating Microbeads? It Is Time We Ban Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:56 PM


Johanna B., Grade 1, Minnesota, NOAA Marine Debris Program

Microbeads, those tiny bits of plastic found in personal care products from skin lotions to shaving cream, and even toothpaste, are poisoning our water systems and entering our food chain, and at the end,...

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Can Long Island Be Saved? -- Part X: Governor Cuomo Announces An Action Plan For Long Island

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Graphic courtesy The Nature Conservancy, Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and LICCRA

Readers of this series 'Can Long Island Be Saved?' will recall the flurry of public meetings and forums from this May. Here's a great link...

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Can Long Island Be Saved? Part IX -- 'The Following Beaches Will Be Closed This Weekend'

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:46 AM

This is a story that I've written now several times. It's not so much dog bites man as man bites himself (again). A long list of Long Island beaches will be closed this weekend because heavy rains has submerged countless cesspools; now that contaminated water is following into our rivers,...

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Can Long Island Be Saved? Part VIII -- IBM Unveils a Road to Long Island's Future at the Same Time That It's Business as Usual in Albany

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Here's a useful graphic from The Nature Conservancy showing the sources of nitrogen pollution in various parts of the East End of Long Island, from a report entitled Nitrogen Load Modeling -- The Peconic Estuary, New York.

The good news -- Long Island's scientists are...

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Can Long Island Be Saved, Part VII -- Now It's Up To Albany To Pass The Long Island Water Quality Control Act

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM

For Long Island to be saved, we need to save its drinking water. If our water becomes undrinkable -- and its heading that way in a hurry -- what then?

Here's a slide showing just how rapidly nitrogen from septic tanks is leaching into our drinking water far below...

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Can Long Island Be Saved, Part V: Cuomo's Initiative to Water Quality and Coastal Resilience

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:19 AM

Nitrogen Pollution: The Big Problem


The last several weeks have been very busy ones for Long Island's marine scientists, for our environmental non-profits and for the local, state and federal officials. Governor Cuomo's initiative to improve water quality and...

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Can Long Island Be Saved, Part VI: An Interview With Professor Christopher Gobler

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:40 PM


Christopher Gobler and his team at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences have provided much of the essential research underpinning our current efforts to diagnose Long Island's environmental ills so that we can develop solutions to them.

If Long...

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Can Long Island Be Saved, Part IV - Crescent Beach, Beach Closures and Cesspools

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:35 AM


Crescent Beach. Unless you live in or near Glen Cove Long Island, you probably never heard of it. It's been mostly closed since 2011. It continually fails water tests; the bacteria levels are too high. The culprit? Some 85 cesspools sitting in low...

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Can Long Island Be Saved? Part III -- An Interview With Carl LoBue of The Nature Conservancy

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 11:28 AM

I first got to know Carl in August of 2012, shortly after founding Save The Great South Bay.

We new that if The Great South Bay was to be saved, it was going to have to be through bringing science to the problem. The people of The South...

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Can Long Island Be Saved? Part II

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:54 AM

The first of four public meetings scheduled this month on Long Island's water quality crisis was held Monday, May 12, 12-4 p.m. in the Nassau County Legislative Chambers which are appropriately enough in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Office Building at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola. The next meeting will be at...

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Can Long Island Be Saved?

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Graphic From Professor Christopher Gobler of Stonybrook University

The numbers are staggering -- 500,000 septic tanks on Long Island. An estimated 2000 outfall pipes pouring runoff into our lakes, streams and bays with each rain. 100+ small dams and spillways blocking the...

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