Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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National Estuaries Week
Sep 16 – Sep 23 all-day
Join PEP September 16-23in celebration of our estuaries during National Estuaries Week.
Participate in an event, take action to protect and restore your local waterbody and post on social media about why you care about the Peconic Estuary. Find a National Estuaries Week 2017 event near you! Share a picture of you enjoying your estuary and use the hashtag #estuariesweek and tag @PeconicEstuary for all of your posts.
2017 LINPI Fall Native Plant Sale @ SCCC Eastern Campus Greenhouse
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
2017 LINPI Fall Native Plant Sale @ SCCC Eastern Campus Greenhouse | Riverhead | New York | United States

This Native Plant Sale is hosted by the Long Island Native Plant Initiative every spring and fall.  It is an excellent opportunity to buy local pheotype native plants from an organization dedicated to the promotion of native plant use in landscaping.  If you are contemplating participation in the PEP Homeowner Rewards Program, this is a good way to ensure that you are choosing native plants.  File your pre-application now!  And visit our new Interactive Yard Tool to plan how you will use your purchases around your home.

Mid-Atlantic Non-Consumptive Recreation Workshop @ Endeavor Hall 120 Stony Brook University
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You are invited to a workshop hosted by MARCO and Surfrider Foundation, on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s No-consumptive Recreation Work Group, to engage the public in a discussion of the value of important non-consumptive recreational areas and the activities they sustain.

Pizza and beverages will be served

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and Surfrider Foundation are co-hosting a series of four workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to convene ocean recreational users to provide input to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s Non-Consumptive Recreation Work Group.  Workshops are being conducted in support of implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan action: Identify, characterize, and share information about measures to maintain the recreational value of important non-consumptive recreational areas and the activities they sustain.

Workshop objectives:

  • To begin to define what it would mean for ocean and coastal uses and areas to be considered important for non-consumptive recreation;
  • To solicit ideas for a process to identify and assess potential impacts and use conflicts to important non-consumptive recreational uses from other human uses, as well as potential impacts and conflicts between non-consumptive recreational uses and marine and coastal resources; and
  • To explore ideas for effective two-way engagement processes to share information with and solicit input from ocean recreation users.

Please pre-register to make sure there is enough pizza!

For more information about the agenda, please contact Kevin Hassell

For more information about registration, please contact Judy Tucker

FY18 Marine Debris Prevention Funding Opportunity
Sep 28 all-day

This opportunity provides funding to support eligible organizations for activities to prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment. Applicants requesting funding for projects to address a specific marine debris issue, and that will actively engage these groups in hands-on personal participation, are welcome to apply. Projects focused on efforts to prevent marine debris from entering the environment through targeted behavior change will be given priority.

LETTERS OF INTENT are due September 28th, 2017 (submitted as an attachment to sent to this e-mail address).

Full proposals will be solicited by invitation only based on the letter of intent.

More information on this opportunity can be found here.

Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program
Sep 30 all-day

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases.

Applications are due by September 30, 2017

Click here for a detailed announcement.

Hike – Play – Explore: Discover the Long Pond Greenbelt! @ South Fork Natural History Museum
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bring the children for a morning exploration at the 19th Annual Celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt!  Enjoy guided trail walks, play games, make crafts, and participate in a wide variety of activities provided by local environmental and community organizations such as the Peconic Estuary Program. Complimentary ice cream and lunchtime refreshments for all. This annual event is sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the Peconic Land Trust, and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).

FREE!  For more information and to RSVP, please contact FLPG at 631.745.0689.  Rain or shine.

2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grant Program
Oct 10 all-day

The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy grants program program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY18 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of four priorities:

  • Marine Aquaculture
  • Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystem
  • Promotion, Development, and Marketing
  • Territorial Science

Pre-proposals are due through by October 10, 2017.

Full applications are due by January 8, 2018. 

For more information, click here. Or please contact the National S-K Manager, Daniel Namur, or any of the Regional Managers listed in the Full Funding Opportunity.

A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary
Oct 20 all-day

A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary will be held on October 20th, 2017 at various sites around the estuary.

A day in the life of the Carmans River, Peconic Estuary and Nissequogue River is designed to celebrate the river and estuary ecosystems and educate participants on the uniqueness of Long Island’s NY State-designated Wild and Scenic rivers. On a single day, environmental education partners and students all along the river will simultaneously collect scientific information, analyze it and share it to portray the status of the river and estuary ecosystem. Students will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish in nets, collect water and invertebrate samples, develop a biodiversity inventory of the riparian zone and analyze water chemistry. Students will examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river, such as where freshwater and salty seawater meet, the amount of sediments in the water and turbidity and oxygen levels, as well as conduct biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna in and around the ecosystems. All data collected on these Day’s will be posted on this website.

The event is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Portal to Discovery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Water Authority. Many environmental groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY State Parks, USGS, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Peconic Estuary Program, Group for the East End, Long Island Aquarium, Long Island Science Center, Sweetbriar Nature Center, Long Island Sound Study, NY Sea Grant, East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, The Nature Conservancy, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, the Brook trout Coalition, and the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Store, will be teamed with school classes along all three River’s and Estuary to create a day-in-the-life picture of the ecosystems from the headwaters to the mouth.

Click here to learn more about past and this year’s ADITL events!

FY18 Community-based Marine Debris Removal Funding Opportunity
Nov 1 all-day

This opportunity provides funding to support projects that will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Priority will be given to projects that also foster awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts.

Full proposals are due November 1, 2017.

More information on this opportunity can be found here.

PEP Technical Advisory Committee Meeting @ Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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