Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

Projects & AccomplishmentsExplore how PEP works to protect and restore the Estuary and its watershed

PEP Accomplishments

PEP is making significant change. See here for accomplishments and current PEP projects.

Ongoing Monitoring Programs

PEP works with a number of partners to monitor the condition of water quality and essential habitats in the Peconic Estuary.

Climate Change

PEP will lead scientifically informed, proactive efforts by local communities that can reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

Water Quality

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.

Habitats & Wildlife

PEP will build scientific understanding and support decision-making to address threats to habitat and species.

Nitrogen Pollution

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 Contaminants

Toxic chemicals can concentrate in the aquatic environment and directly affect the ability of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and plants to survive and reproduce.

Pathogen Pollution

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.

Improve Your Septic System

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.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution in the aquatic environment is harming wildlife and human health.

Water Quality Data

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.

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