Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

Priority Issues in the Peconic Estuary

Learn what PEP is doing to address the priority issues in the Peconic Estuary!

Nitrogen Management>>

Harmful Algal Bloom Management>>>

Pathogen Management>>>

Habitat Restoration>>>

Climate Adaptation>>>

Toxic and Pollution Control>>>

Monitoring the Estuary’s Health>>>

Check out the PEP: Making Significant Change page to view PEP’s  impact in the region!
HAB Action Plan

PEP will focus on reducing nitrogen loading, one of the primary causes of harmful algal blooms. Additionally PEP was heavily involved in the development of the Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan, to aid in understanding HABs and to help focus future actions and management strategies. PEP will work with partners to implement the management recommendations in the plan.

Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan

Pathogen Management

Contamination of Peconic Estuary waters by bacteria and other pathogenic organisms may result in the closure of bathing beaches and the closure of shellfish beds for human consumption; thus impacting economic and recreational activities on the East End. The Peconic Estuary Partnership is working with its partners to reduce pathogen pollution from stormwater runoff and wastewater.

Current Actions

Subwatershed Management Plans

To decrease the amount of pollutants entering the water via stormwater we need to do our part to change what we do on land. PEP has worked to establish subwatershed management plans to address the pathogen loads to waterbodies troubled with pathogen pollution, and to date has created 12 subwatershed management plans.

These plans focuses on identifying cost‐effective structural and non‐structural practices to reduce overall pollutant loadings (i.e. bacteria, sediment, nutrients) and runoff volume to the subwatershed. Successful implementation of these plans is expected to help reduce stormwater runoff pollution and improve overall water quality conditions. This should in turn improve shellfish harvesting capacity, eelgrass habitat, and degraded marsh areas.

Meetinghouse Creek, Riverhead

Hashamomuck Creek, Southold

Reeves Bay, Southampton

West Neck Bay, Shelter Island

Town and Jockey Creek, Southold

Goose Creek, Southold

Accabonac Harbor, East HamptonMap of watersheds chosen for assessment for the Peconic Estuary Subwatershed Management Plans.

Richmond Creek, Southold

Sebonac Creek Complex, Southampton

Dering Harbor, Shelter Island

North Sea Harbor, Southampton

Tanbark Creek, East Hampton

Intermunicipal Agreement

PEP established a collaboration of East End municipalities to share resources and work together on projects to reduce stormwater runoff, reduce pollution from septic system discharges, agricultural and residential fertilization, groundwater flows, illegal dumping, floatable debris and boat waste. Learn more here.

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