Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) is Peconic Estuary Program's blueprint for protecting and restoring the Peconic Estuary.
The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) promotes a holistic approach to improving and maintaining the estuary and its watershed. Each of the 85 actions in the CCMP is broken down into one or more discrete steps. The full CCMP document provides detailed information on who is responsible for carrying out the steps, the time frame, and the cost of completing the step.
After years of robust citizen involvement and study by federal, state, county and local levels of government, the Peconic Estuary Program adopted a blueprint to restore and protect the waters of the Peconic Bays in 2001 – the PEP’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Priority management topics include Brown Tide, nutrients, habitat and living resources, pathogens, toxic pollutants, and critical lands protection. These six priority topics, together with the need for public education and outreach, form the basis for the CCMP action plans.
It has been more than 15 years since the Peconic Estuary Program first released our plan to conserve and restore the Peconic Estuary. Much has changed since the first plan was written and therefore an updated long-term plan is necessary to continue to effectively improve the health of the estuary. Some priority topics have become less important, while new issues have arisen. For example, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, brown tide was a major concern for water quality in the Peconic Estuary. Today, we have new harmful algal blooms (HAB’s) of serious concern (red tide, rust tide and mahogany tide) that were not an issue and therefore not discussed in the original CCMP of 2001.
Improving water quality in the Peconic Estuary is a complex issue and requires the cooperation and coordination of multiple groups. We call upon our stakeholders including business owners, concerned citizens, local organizations, experts and government officials to participate in the public input portion of the CCMP revision process. We want to hear from you, what issues you think are most important and which should be addressed in the new CCMP.
Mark Amaral of Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC (LCG). will be assisting PEP with the facilitation of public and stakeholder input on the CCMP.
Mark is the co-founder and President of LCG. LCG specializes in strategic facilitation: the art and practice of helping people communicate and listen more clearly through innovative and always interactive workshop designs and approaches to achieve measureable results.
Lighthouse principals have over 50 years of experience in helping small- to medium-sized organizations define their strategic directions. That includes a proven record of facilitating small and large groups through difficult, contentious, or challenging conversations that are often part of this process.
Mark’s twenty-plus years’ experience spans both national and international topics ranging from flounder fishing in Rhode Island to water allocation in Kazakhstan. As a facilitator he has helped hundreds of people clarify their issues and work towards tractable solutions. Go here for more information about Mark.
Mark’s clients include the Word Bank, Global Partnership for the Ocean, United States Coral Reef Conservation Program, the RI Department of Environmental Management, The Nature Conservancy, National Grid, Center for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and Common Cause Rhode Island. Go here for a full list of clients.
Peter Taylor of Waterview Consulting will be assisting PEP with the writing of the CCMP.
Peter established the consulting firm more than 17 years ago with the goal of advancing science-based conservation and management through strategic communication. Waterview Consulting is based in Harpswell, Maine and is a small firm that works primarily at the intersection of ecological sciences, environmental management, and communications. Peter's background in marine ecology and coastal and marine management efforts throughout the Northeast provide him with a strong understanding of the issues being addressed the PEP CCMP.
Waterview Consulting regularly works with non-profit, government, academic, and commercial entities that work at international, national, regional, state, provincial, and local levels. Clients include Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy of Washington State, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO).