Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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Job Opening: Bioextraction Coordinator Long Island Sound Study
Oct 17 – Nov 10 all-day

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is seeking an Environmental Analyst to provide overall program coordination, administration, and short and long-term planning for the bioextraction program of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) including: assess potential challenges to, identify solutions for, and support the development and expansion of nitrogen bioextraction and related aquaculture activities in the Long Island Sound (LIS). Specific duties include ecological and cultivation research and reporting; development of siting tool and collection of site identification data; permitting for new and expanding aquaculture operations; environmental assessments of bioextraction and bioharvesting projects; and messaging and outreach. The position is based in Stony Brook, NY.

Please click here for a full job description and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2017.

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!

Job Opening: Peconic Estuary Protection Committee Coordinator Position
Oct 31 all-day

The Peconic Estuary Protection Committee is looking for a Coordinator. Please click here for a full job description and instructions on how to apply.

Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017.  Candidates should be prepared to supply references upon request and attend an interview in Riverhead, New York if contacted.

The Peconic Estuary Protection Committee (PEPC) was formed by an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) on January 1, 2015 between the:  County of Suffolk; Town of Brookhaven; Town of East Hampton; Town of Riverhead; Town of Shelter Island; Town of Southampton; Town of Southold, Village of Greenport, Village of North Haven, Village of Sag Harbor, and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

The PEPC recognizes the importance of the Peconic Estuary as a vital coastal ecosystem essential to the environmental and economic well-being of the people in the surrounding communities and as an “Estuary of National Significance” as designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”).

The goals of the PEPC are as follows:

  • To improve the water quality of the Peconic Estuary to help assure that all waters of the estuary consistently meet water quality standards for bathing, swimming and fishing;
  • Improve the water quality of the Peconic Estuary to help assure that areas currently closed to shellfishing once again be classified as an area suitable for the harvesting of shellfish for human consumption;
  • Help restore and enhance the surrounding tidal wetlands that serve to cleanse ecosystems; provide marine food production and wildlife habitat;
  • Offer opportunities for education, research and recreation; provide flood and storm control; and offer open space and aesthetic appreciation;
  • Help control and reduce point and nonpoint source pollution affecting the Peconic Estuary and its environs;
  • Assist in the achievement of compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations which affect the Peconic Estuary in a coordinated and cost effective manner; and
  • Help coordinate local coastal regulations so as to maximize protection and enhancement efforts to improve the Peconic Estuary, its tributaries and

Brief Description of Coordinator Responsibilities:

The position is a part-time Coordinator for the PEPC, responsible for working with the committee to facilitate coordination and leveraging of resources, planning, grant writing and providing technical expertise. The Coordinator will report to the committee.

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
Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting @ East Hampton Town Community Building
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program
Dec 8 all-day

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State (NYS) Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, are pleased to announce the third round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program. The program is administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP. The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a $500,000 capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

The program is designed to:

  • Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.
  • Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is open to organizations whose primary mission is the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance, and/or promotion of a specific New York State park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of OPRHP or Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). More on eligibility requirements here.

All final applications must be submitted by December 8, 2017. Award decisions are expected to be announced March 2018. For more information click here.



PEP Management Committee Meeting @ Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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