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.