Mastic and Shirley residents in cooperation with their community organizations played a prominent role in the efforts to restore the Forge River and its tributaries. Save the Forge River, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization, was established specifically to address the condition of the River, its tributaries and the greater watershed. They have been instrumental in bringing attention to the plight of the Forge River. Environmental organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Peconic Baykeeper, and others have also contributed to the dialog. The Poospatuck Indian Nation borders the estuary and has a strong interest in the health of the waters.
The Forge River Task Force, formed in 2005 by the Town of Brookhaven developed a strategy to restore Forge River health. It worked with the NYS DEC to place the estuary on the State's Impaired Waters List and, along with Save the Forge River, played an advocacy role in securing federal funding for the river.
The Forge River Task Force provided oversight for watershed research and was crucial to the development of the Forge River Watershed Management Plan.