Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grant
May 1 @ 12:00 am – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm

The NYSDEC is pleased to announce the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program is now available. Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, May 1, and must be completed by July 27 at 4:00 PM.  $79 million is available.

The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects that directly address documented water quality impairments.

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities, Municipal Corporations, Regulated traditional Municipal Separate, Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Not for Profit Corporations (only for land acquisition for source water protection or aquatic habitat restoration projects)

Eligible Project Types & Required Match*
  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT) (high priority projects 25%, general projects 60%)
  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS) (25%)
  • Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection (SWP) (25%)
  • Salt Storage (50%)
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR) (25%)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) (25%)

Full details here

This grant is part of the NYS Regional Economic Development Councils Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Multiple workshops on this grant and other grant programs offered through the CFA are being held around the state. A full a list of funding opportunities available through the 2018 Regional Economic Development Councils Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is available here.  


Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program
Jun 13 – Jul 23 all-day

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2019 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant competition is currently open. The goal of the S-K program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.

The FY19 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of three priorities:

  • Promotion, Development, and Marketing
  • Marine Aquaculture
  • Support of Science that Maximizes Fishing Opportunities, Revenue and Jobs in U.S. Fisheries While Ensuring the Long-Term Sustainability of Marine Resources

All interested applicants must submit a 2 page Pre-Proposal to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) posted at found here. The deadline for Pre-Proposals is July 23rd.

Full announcement here

Town of Southampton CPF Water Quality Improvement Project Plan (WQIPP) Fund
Jun 13 – Jul 13 all-day

The CPF Water Quality Improvement Project Plan (WQIPP) Fund follows the objectives in the adopted Water Quality Improvement Project Plan (PDF)

To apply for funding, an application must be completed and submitted by July 13, 2018, along with detailed narratives and supporting information as described in Checklist /Application Instructions (PDF). The Water Quality Advisory Committee will rank and score projects based on the Scoring Criteria (PDF) contained in the application materials. Parcel acquisitions will be considered on an ongoing basis, independent of this application process.

More information here.

Green Innovation Grant Program
Jun 13 @ 12:00 am – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm

The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) supports projects across New York State that utilize unique stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies. GIGP-funded projects may be found from Buffalo to the end of the Long Island, and range from rain gardens to stream “daylighting” projects.

GIGP provides grants on a competitive basis to projects that improve water quality and demonstrate green stormwater infrastructure in New York. GIGP is administered by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the grant provides funding of a minimum of 40% up to a maximum of 90% of the total eligible project costs as provided in the application. A minimum of 10% up to 60% match from state or local sources is required.

Green infrastructure practices treat rainwater as a valuable resource to be harvested and used on site, or filtered and allowed to soak back into the ground, recharging aquifers, rivers, and streams. The plants used in green infrastructure help to cool our surroundings and improve air quality through the process of evapotranspiration. These green practices have multiple benefits, which include restoring habitat, protecting against flooding, providing cleaner air, and beautifying our streets to spur economic development and community revitalization.

More information is available hereThe deadline for applications is Friday, July 27th at 4 p.m. 

This grant is part of the NYS Regional Economic Development Councils Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Multiple workshops on this grant and other grant programs offered through the CFA are being held around the state. A full a list of funding opportunities available through the 2018 Regional Economic Development Councils Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is available here.  

Storm Water Lecture and Rain Barrel Painting @ The Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come hear PEP present on storm water pollution and the Peconic Estuary. Rain or melted snow that flows on the ground carries pollutants from our land right into our bays. Luckily, families can help protect our waterways and natural resources from this storm water pollution.

Planting native plants, creating rain gardens, and cleaning up after our dogs are just a few ways we can minimize pollution in our storm water. Using a rain barrel to collect the rain running off your roof is an easy way to reduce storm water from flowing off your property. PEP will describe how rain barrels work and show some images of rain barrels that have been installed locally as part of PEP’s Homeowner Rewards Program. You can easily install one too! 

Kids will be able to help paint and decorate a primed rain barrel, and enjoy games and other educational activities.

We hope to make our bays cleaner, keep our wildlife healthier, and we hope to see you there!


Horseshoe Crab Monitoring @ Squires Pond
Jun 26 @ 11:20 pm – Jun 27 @ 12:15 am

Join Peconic Estuary Program on one of our horseshoe crab surveys at Squires Pond! This is a fun, family-friendly way to learn hands-on about horseshoe crabs.  No experience necessary!  Volunteers will meet at 10:00pm at the end of East Landing Road.  We will be wading through some areas and it will be cold, so bundle up! Waders are recommended but not necessary, as rain boots will do. We also recommend bringing a head lamp or flash light.

There are volunteer forms to fill out ahead of time on the NY Horseshoe Crab website:
Go to “sites” and then click on the Squires Pond, Hampton Bays location where you will find the waiver form and volunteer agreement.

Let us know you’ll be there by RSVPing to

Scavenger Hunt at Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge @ Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

PEP is hosting a family friendly scavenger hunt at the trails of Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor. We will be leading you on an educational nature walk, looking high and low for different types of trees, animals, and other nature treasures. Kids will have lots of fun exploring the refuge through the scavenger hunt. All are welcome! We will have a parking fee waiver all set for you upon your arrival. Always good to bring water and wear tick repellent, sunscreen, and a hat when enjoying the outdoors in the summer.

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Shelter Island S.T.O.P. Collection Day @ Shelter Island Recycling Center
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The town of Shelter Island will be holding S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) collection days on the first Saturday of every month from 9am– 1pm at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on North Menantic Road. Drop off your household pollutants, electronic waste, prescribed and over-the-counter medication for proper disposal instead of throwing them away. A list of acceptable items for drop-off may be found here:

PEP Management Committee Meeting @ Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Peconic Estuary Protection Committee Meeting @ Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County- 1st Floor Conference Room
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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