Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
The plan for the next decade.
It has been more than 15 years since the Peconic Estuary Partnership first released our plan to protect and restore the Peconic Estuary (see here for the CCMP 2001). Much has changed since the first plan was written and therefore an updated long-term plan is necessary to continue to effectively improve the health of the estuary.
In fall 2020 the PEP released our revised blueprint for protecting and restoring the Peconic Bays, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). See the PEP CCMP2020 page for more detail.
Improving water quality in the Peconic Estuary is a complex issue and requires the cooperation and coordination of multiple groups. In 2018 we set out on a journey of updating the CCMP with the inclusion of our Management Conference, our local officials, scientific partners, and our community members. Through the years, we have gained a greater understanding of the issues facing the Peconic Watershed. The new CCMP (2020) lays out a roadmap for protecting and restoring the Peconic Estuary and its watershed and will carry us forward through the next ten years.
The most effective CCMP is one that is a true representation of the East End population’s interests and voice.
Please click here to view the Proposed Schedule for the CCMP Revision Process.
Please click here for the National Estuary Program CCMP Revision and Update Guidelines.
CCMP Public Meetings- Phase I
PEP held multiple public meetings to get your feedback on the CCMP Revision in the end of May 2018. Below are the written public comments we received at the public meetings:
CCMP Workshop Meetings
PEP hosted four CCMP Workshop Meetings throughout November 2018, December 2018, January 2019 and February 2019 to gain specific feedback on the Draft CCMP Outline and Water Quality, Habitat and Living Resources, Climate Change and Resiliency, and Public Engagement and Stewardship Chapters. Feedback from those meetings was incorporated into the Draft CCMP.
CCMP Public Meetings- Phase II
PEP held public meetings to get your feedback on the Peconic Estuary Partnership Final Draft CCMP on October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2019. See here for the PEP’s CCMP Public Meeting presentation. Below are the written public comments we received at the public meetings.
October 22nd, 2019
Hampton Bays Public Library
52 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
4:00 - 6:00 pm
*No comments received.
October 23rd, 2019
Hallock State Park Preserve
6062 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
6:00 - 8:00 pm
October 24th, 2019
South Fork Natural History Museum
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Mark Amaral of Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC (LCG). will be assisting PEP with the facilitation of public and stakeholder input on the CCMP.
Mark is the co-founder and President of LCG. LCG specializes in strategic facilitation: the art and practice of helping people communicate and listen more clearly through innovative and always interactive workshop designs and approaches to achieve measureable results.
Lighthouse principals have over 50 years of experience in helping small- to medium-sized organizations define their strategic directions. That includes a proven record of facilitating small and large groups through difficult, contentious, or challenging conversations that are often part of this process.
Mark’s twenty-plus years’ experience spans both national and international topics ranging from flounder fishing in Rhode Island to water allocation in Kazakhstan. As a facilitator he has helped hundreds of people clarify their issues and work towards tractable solutions. Go here for more information about Mark.
Mark’s clients include the Word Bank, Global Partnership for the Ocean, United States Coral Reef Conservation Program, the RI Department of Environmental Management, The Nature Conservancy, National Grid, Center for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and Common Cause Rhode Island. Go here for a full list of clients.
Peter Taylor of Waterview Consulting will be assisting PEP with the writing of the CCMP.
Peter established the consulting firm more than 17 years ago with the goal of advancing science-based conservation and management through strategic communication. Waterview Consulting is based in Harpswell, Maine and is a small firm that works primarily at the intersection of ecological sciences, environmental management, and communications. Peter's background in marine ecology and coastal and marine management efforts throughout the Northeast provide him with a strong understanding of the issues being addressed the PEP CCMP.
Waterview Consulting regularly works with non-profit, government, academic, and commercial entities that work at international, national, regional, state, provincial, and local levels. Clients include Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy of Washington State, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO).
Background Stories is assisting PEP with the graphic design and printing of the CCMP.
Excert from Background Stories website:
We are expert on addressing sustainability issues in emotional, engaging ways. We visualize complex topics and data using information graphics and interaction design to help organizations communicate their social and environmental messages.
Taking a collaborative approach to each project, we work with defined timelines and provide frequent status updates.