Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


Watch these videos to see the Peconic Estuary in action and our initiatives come to life.

Estuary Day! “Climate Change, Water Quality, Habitats & Wildlife – Get Involved with the Peconic Estuary Partnership”

Watch this PEP presentation to learn about the projects we do and how you can get involved. During National Estuaries Week, we celebrate Estuary Day with Long Island Sound Study and South Shore Estuary Reserve to bring awareness to the work that we do as the Estuary Programs on Long Island and how you can get involved with our work to protect and restore our natural resources and treasured ecosystems.

Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program Workshop

Suffolk County presents a workshop on the Septic Improvement Program at PEP’s August 2020 Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting. Learn what the program entails, how to apply, and feel equipped to take the next steps in upgrading your cesspool or septic system for cleaner water quality.


Long Island Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Workshop

Training citizen scientists for terrapin monitoring and habitat protection. June 2020 Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting co-hosted with Seatuck Environmental Association and Dr. Russell Burke of the Jamaica Bay Terrapin Project of Hofstra University. Click here for the Diamondback Terrapin Watch online survey to record your sightings of terrapins and evidence of their activity.


Native Plant Gardening For Better Water Quality

May 2020 Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting co-hosted with Group for the East End, with guest speaker Rusty Schmidt, President of Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI). Click here for native plant resources from LINPI.


Seagrass Bio-optical Model for the Peconic Estuary

Understanding the threats for eelgrass and suitable areas for its restoration.


Alewife Migration in Grangebel Park Fishway Spring 2019 & 2020

The Peconic Estuary Partnership, in coordination with the NYSDEC, Seatuck Environmental Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and the Town of Riverhead monitored the Grangebel Park Fishway during the Spring 2019 and 2020 Alewife migration season to record the number of Alewife traveling up the Peconic River to spawn in freshwater habitat. See the video for a view of Alewife moving up the fishway and through the camera view!


PEP Talk – Sustainable Fishing with Haskell’s Seafood

Captain Peter Haskell of Haskell’s Seafood tells us how the health of the Peconic Estuary is important for his business and provides sustainable fishing practices that protect our bays for the future.

La Importancia del Estuario Peconic

We created a video in Spanish (with English subtitles) about the importance of the Peconic Estuary. Check it out! Hemos creado un video en español (con subtítulos en inglés) sobre la importancia del estuario Pecónico. ¡Échenle un vistazo!

PEP Talk – National Estuaries Week

PEP Citizen Science

PEP Citizen Science (Español)

A Fly Over the Peconic River

Peconic Estuary Partnership – Getting to know our estuary!

Alewife at Woodhull Dam

Woodhull Dam, is located on the Little River, a tributary of the Peconic River. This dam currently prevents the largest population of river herring on Long Island from reaching critical spawning habitat.  Approximately 50,000 – 80,000 fish spawn below the dam each year in a stalled effort to reach upstream habitat.

Combatting Nitrogen in the Peconic Estuary

Peconic Estuary Partnership’s Riverhead Rain Garden

Fish Migration in the Peconic River

Peconic Estuary Partnership Rain Barrel Day

Peconic Estuary Partnership’s Focus on The Peconic Estuary


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