Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
The Peconic Estuary Program in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marne Department will be holding a salt marsh planting volunteer day Saturday September 16th 1:00pm at 3690 Cedar Beach Road in Southold. We are calling all volunteers to help us restore vital habitat in celebration of National Estuaries Week. We will also be screening PEP’s National Estuaries video highlighting PEP’s citizen science programs. Please e-mail us to regiser.
Salt marshes have many important functions and are some of the most productive habitats on Earth. 3/4 of the fish and shellfish we eat rely on the marsh environment at some point during their life. Beyond serving as important habitat for a number of species, salt marshes help to slow shoreline erosion and provide a critical buffer between estuarine waters and the terrestrial environment. These habitats are capable of filtering a large amount of surface runoff from land, buffering the estuarine waters from excess nutrients and contaminants that might be contained in surface runoff. Conversely, salt marshes can absorb a large amount of floodwater from the estuary, providing protection to coastal communities during large storms. Unfortunately, marsh habitats in our region and around the country are declining.