Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

PEP's Biennial Conference 2021

Our virtual conference will drive ACTION towards combatting the challenges our estuary faces.

The health of the Peconic Estuary faces challenges – and that means our community does too. Excess nutrient loading from land causes water quality to decline, climate change causes sea levels to rise, and all of these issues combined with other human activities harm our wildlife and habitats. As a result – the natural resources we depend on and the real estate and recreational opportunities we enjoy suffer. The PEP’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan outlines goals and actions that guide the work of our partnership to combat these issues. This free virtual conference is all about starting discussions that put these goals and actions into MOTION!

Register for one, two, or all three of our virtual sessions below. When you register, you can submit a relevant question that you would like our panelists to discuss. This is an interactive conference.

Join our partners as we discuss
“what are we going to do about it?”


Fred Thiele, New York State Assemblyman


Bridget Fleming, Suffolk County Legislator
Christopher Gobler, Professor at SoMAS of Stony Brook University
Jim Tierney, NYSDEC Deputy Commissioner – Water and Watershed
Ken Zegel, Suffolk County DOH, Office of Ecology-Chief, Public Health Engineer
Peter Scully, Deputy Suffolk County Executive
Register for PEP’s Water Quality Session on April 14th 2-4pm:


Alison Branco, Director of Coastal Programs, The Nature Conservancy in New York


Al Krupski, Suffolk County Legislator
Catherine Kent, Riverhead Town Councilwoman
Mark Lowery, NYSDEC Climate Policy Analyst
Minghua Zhang, Professor at SoMAS of Stony Brook University
Peter Van Scoyoc, East Hampton Town Supervisor
Register for PEP’s Climate Change Session on April 15th from 2-4pm:


Matthew Sclafani, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program


Alexa Fournier, Coastal Resiliency Program Manager, NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources
Nicole Maher, Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy in New York
Brad Peterson, Associate Professor at SoMAS of Stony Brook University
Steve Tettelbach, Shellfish Ecologist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Steve Schott, Habitat Restoration Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Register for PEP’s Habitats & Wildlife Session on April 16th from 2-4pm:



The U.S. EPA administers and supports the Peconic Estuary Partnership National Estuary Program

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