Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Everyone is welcome to attend a CAC meeting and become a partner of the Peconic Estuary Partnership and a voice for your community.
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The PEP holds regularly scheduled events for the public to participate in! Join our mailing list to learn about opportunities for nature hikes, horseshoe crab monitoring, native plant workshops, lectures and more!
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) consists of members of the public that have interest in preserving and protecting the Peconic Estuary. The CAC is an autonomous group. Additional individuals may join the CAC as they please. Involvement of the CAC is vital in the success of the PEP as the citizens who are involved act as PEP ambassadors to the communities and groups within the Peconic Estuary watershed.
Citizen involvement, support, and awareness of environmental issues in the Peconic Estuary are the foundation to the success of the Peconic Estuary Partnership since the program was established in 1992. The CAC helped to guarantee broad-based public input in the development of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan published in 2001 and now during the revision process.
Through the CAC, the Peconic Estuary Partnership continues to educate, involve, and gain the support of the public. The CAC continues to play a vital role in the Peconic Estuary Partnership by functioning as a forum for discussion and education. Members of the CAC serve as ambassadors for the Peconic Estuary Partnership in East End communities and you can too by discussing CAC Ambassador Talking Points with your community.
Peconic Estuary Partnership held its first PEP Biennial Conference on April 14th, 15th and 16th with sessions on Water Quality, Climate Change, and Habitats & Wildlife. We thank all of our moderators, panelists, and participants for making this such a successful event. Our conference initiated conversations that put the goals and actions of our management plan into motion.
Recordings and resources of these sessions can be found here: https://www.peconicestuary.org/news-and-events/peps-biennial-conference-2021/
View our management plan, the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/201ca273-3278-44ee-b907-a8308ec3d4a5
Link to Seatuck's Long Island Diamondback Terrapin Watch to record your sightings of terrapins and evidence of their activity: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/65e0acc694394a7191038b7071b82120?open=menu
*Partners that would like to host their own monitoring workshops for their networks and to increase outreach efforts, please reach out to PEP Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lauren Scheer at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide you with the powerpoint and help tailor the presentation to your organization.
*Partners that would like to begin their own intensive monitoring program at a specific site of interest to contribute to the Diamondback Terrapin Watch online survey, feel free to reach out to Lauren Scheer at email@example.com so we can help you get started.
CAC Meeting Summary Photo:
Committee Chair : Kevin McDonald, The Nature Conservancy