PEP is making significant change. See here for accomplishments and current PEP projects.
Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
PEP will lead scientifically informed, proactive efforts by local communities that can reduce the negative impacts of climate change.
PEP is taking action to reduce nitrogen pollution, harmful algal blooms, pathogens, toxic contaminants, and plastics in the Estuary to support the well-being of people and wildlife.
Nitrogen pollution has been identified as one of the greatest threats to the Peconic Estuary due to its far reaching impacts, including harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, fish kills, and high treatment cost for drinking water.
Toxic chemicals can concentrate in the aquatic environment and directly affect the ability of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and plants to survive and reproduce.
Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoans that cause diseases in humans, animals or plants. High levels of these pathogens may make shellfish unsafe to eat and water unsafe for swimming.
Increased wastewater treatment from residential septic systems and cesspools is needed to protect our groundwater and surface waters from the negative impacts of nitrogen pollution.
Get the most up-to-date information on water quality and related public health alerts in the Peconic Estuary.
Invasive Species Alerts, Shellfish Bed Closures, Bathing Beach Closures and Harmful Algal Bloom Updates.