Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

C.H.A.N.G.E.S Shoreline Protection Project

Creating Habitat, Acidification reduction, Nitrogen bio-extraction, Guarding our shorelines, Erosion control, Sequestering carbon

PEP is allocating $600,00 of BIL Funds towards the CHANGES project to improve ecological resilience

The Peconic Estuary faces ecological challenges such as coastal resilience to storm events, sea level rise, excess nutrients leading to harmful algal blooms, and loss of habitat.

  • Menatic Creek, Shelter Island
  • South Ferry Site, Shelter Island
  • Gannet Creek, North Haven
  • Eastern Shore, North Haven
  • South of Barcelona Point, Sag Harbor
  • Sag Harbor Cove, Sag Harbor

Source: PEP

These Locations will be key to scientific research, monitoring, education and community engagement

We at the Peconic Estuary Partnership are addressing the C.H.A.N.G.E.S happening in our watershed with a multi-faceted approach:

  • Create and restore coastal Habitats
  • Reduce ocean Acidification
  • Bio-extract Nitrogen
  • Guard out shorelines from Erosion and storm surge
  • Sequester carbon
  • Improve Water Quality

Source: Rachel Friedman, PEP Outreach Assistant.

At Pep we understand the value of citizen involvement and inclusion. Outreach and education are key to these projects’ longevity and to the general success of our environment. We do this by educating the public on the importance of protecting coastal habitats, informing on what blue carbon is and its relevance, increasing awareness of our projects and how to get involved.

Source: Rachel Friedman, PEP Outreach Assistant

Action 11: Provide tools and assistance to local governments to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change

Action 13: Collaborate on coastal and ocean acidification monitoring and research

Action 17: Plan science-based approaches for monitoring and reducing nutrient pollution

Action 18: Implement science-based approaches for monitoring and reducing nutrient pollution

Action 23: Conduct scientific studies to expand understanding of the Peconic Estuary ecosystem and support ecosystem-based management

Action 30: Monitor and protect existing eelgrass beds where appropriate, restore and expand eelgrass beds

Action 33: Implement living shoreline projects, monitor for ecological and financial benefits, and use model projects to educate planners and homeowners on the benefits of living shorelines over hardened shorelines

In Progress

PEP secured BIL year 2 and year 3 funds: $600,000 over two years

Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

The Gobler Lab

The Peterson Lab

Quality Assurance Project Plan

Scope of Work

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