Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Read about projects and initiatives in the Peconic Estuary watershed where motivated groups are collaborating with Peconic Estuary Protection Committee members to successfully teach their community about Estuary health.
The Roanoke Elementary School and the Riverhead Engineering Department collaborated on a design competition whereby second graders created sketches for rain gardens and rain barrels to fabricate at home. Three student designs received awards from the Riverhead Town Supervisor on World Oceans Day. The project demonstrated there is room for creativity as we steward our watershed.
With the support of the Town of Southold and Village of Greenport, four Village of Greenport eateries partnered with the Product Stewardship Institute in a multi-stakeholder pilot program to reduce single-use plastics in restaurant operations, serving as a role model for other waterfront businesses on keeping plastics out of the Estuary. Students at the Greenport School designed the “trash-free waters” emblem for the eateries to display.
The Springs School fourth graders wrote an opera titled, “Beyond the Duck Pond” which educated fellow students and their families on the ecological harm of feeding ducks in Pussy’s Pond at the headwaters of Accabonac Harbor. The Town of East Hampton’s stormwater mitigation and habitat restoration project at Pussy’s Pond was an inspiration for the environmentally-themed production.