Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

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Helpful articles and information from around the Estuary.

10 Ways to Show Love for Estuaries

1. Fertilize responsibly, if at all. One of the biggest issues that the Peconic Estuary faces is nutrient pollution. Fertilizer uses nitrogen and phosphorus to help plants grow on land, but it also feeds algae if it runs off the land into water. This can lead to harmful algal blooms, which use up oxygen and […]

By Jenna Schwerzmann

8 Reasons to Love Estuaries

1.Estuaries are beautiful places to live and visit. People are drawn to the scenic rivers, beaches, forests, and surrounding areas of the Peconic Estuary. Our year-round population is about 100,000 people, which nearly triples in the summer. This is incredibly important for the East End economy. Local restaurants, marinas, shops, and other businesses frequented by […]

By Jenna Schwerzmann

Celebrate World Wetlands Day – Living Shorelines

Celebrate World Wetlands Day by reading about the benefits that Living Shorelines provide for our community. Blog: Living Shorelines Vs. Hardened Shorelines in the face of climate change

By The Peconic Estuary Program

Shell Décor Craft Night: Creativity Interlaced with Important Lessons

Despite it being a chilly Tuesday evening in mid-December, it was warm, bright, and cheery at the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center, or SCMELC, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southold facility. It was here that nearly thirty people of all ages gathered to create a little holiday cheer at our Shell Décor Craft Night. The PEP […]

By Kaitlin Morris

Pollinators Galore in Peconic-Friendly Gardens

As the Outreach Assistants for PEP, Adelle and I recently visited Peconic Estuary Program’s demonstration native plant garden at the Big Duck in Flanders. We were mentally prepared to hand-pull a lot of weeds that day but were pleasantly surprised to find not just a lack of weeds, but our native plants in full bloom! […]

By Jenna Schwerzmann

Terrapin Turtle Day at Jamaica Bay

PEP has started its second season monitoring the diamondback terrapins on the East End of Long Island. Our terrapin interns, Kaitlin and Noah, are monitoring terrapin activity at Northwest Harbor County Park in Sag Harbor so we can begin understanding this species’ population and habitat out on the East End. The terrapin interns and I […]

By Jenna Schwerzmann

PEP Talk – Alewife

Welcome back to PEP Talk! This month we discuss the history of alewife and the reasons behind our restoration efforts. Also, learn how we’re celebrating World Fish Migration Day!

By Jenna Schwerzmann

I upgraded my septic system! Part III: The Clean-up

This four-part blog chronicles the experience of one participant in the Suffolk County Septic Demonstration Program for Advanced/Alternative On-site Wastewater Disposal Systems.

By The Peconic Estuary Program

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