Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

Get Involved- CAC Ambassador Program

Join the Citizens' Advisory Committee Ambassador Program. Become a partner of the Peconic Estuary Program and a voice for your community!

Volunteers at Peconic Estuary Program's Salt Marsh Workshop.

Volunteers at Peconic Estuary Program’s Salt Marsh Workshop.

The Citizens’ Advisory Committee Ambassador Program provides members information about the Peconic Estuary Program, upcoming meetings, events, and ways to get involved. Together we can educate others about the importance of healthy ecosystems, clean water and how to participate to protect the Peconic Estuary.

Attend a CAC Meeting!

Everyone is welcome to attend a Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting and become a partner of the Peconic Estuary Program and a voice for your community. Click here for information on Peconic Estuary Program’s  Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

CAC Meeting Calendar


Encourage Homeowner Reward Program Participation

The Peconic Estuary Program offers up to $500 reimbursement for residents of the Peconic Estuary watershed who plant native vegetation on their properties or install a rain barrel or rain garden. This program will only be available until 2019 so be sure to encourage your community to apply soon! Check out the PEP Interactive Yard Tool to start planning your Peconic-friendly yard! This plant database helps you browse Long Island Native Plants to select for your yard.

Share Peconic Estuary Posts on Facebook

This is an easy way to help PEP spread the word about what is happening in our estuary. When you share or like our Facebook posts we reach and educate more people.

Youth Program Outreach

The Peconic Estuary Program is reaching out to youth programs to participate in PEP activities or work together to design activities specific to each group. Currently, we can offer rainbarrel painting events to teach children about stormwater runoff, special Peconic River Walking Tours to introduce several of PEP’s projects and fund native garden plantings at schools and churches within the Peconic Estuary watershed. If you know of a youth group interested please encourage them to e-mail Christie Pfoertner, Outreach Coordinator.

Proposition One: The Community Preservation Fund (CPF)

Since its establishment in 1999, the Community Preservation Fund’s (CPF) revenue has been used primarily for land preservation. The amount of land left available for protection on the East End is decreasing. Proposition One will allow a portion of the funds to be spent on water quality improvement projects, decided upon by each East End Town (Shelter Island, Southold, Riverhead, East Hampton, and Southampton)
Proposition One passed in all five towns: The CPF 2 % real estate transfer tax will be extended until 2050 and each town will be able to spend up to 20% of the CPF revenue on water quality improvement projects. Talk to your town about what projects you want the CPF revenue to be used for!

CCMP Update Participation

This year the Peconic Estuary Program is embarking on a revision of the Peconic Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). The Peconic Estuary is a changing system and the issues that plague it have evolved over the past decade. It’s been 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 it is your turn to be a part of molding the new CCMP. Improving water quality in the Peconic Estuary is a complex issue and requires the cooperation and coordination of multiple groups. Help us refocus our efforts on the latest threats to the waterbodies of the Peconic by filling out the online public survey.

Fishing Line Receptacles

In December 2016, volunteers helped assemble monofilament fishing line receptacles to be installed around the Peconic Estuary. We are now looking for all fishing line receptacles to be included on an interactive map for the recreational fishing community to utilize. Please e-mail us to inform us of where you know these receptacles are located.

Clean Sweep Program and S.T.O.P.

CleanSweepNY is a NYSDEC environmental benefit project that provides for the environmentally safe and economic collection and disposal of unwanted or unusable pesticides, golf course chemicals, and mercury-containing devices. S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) is a program where you can drop off your household hazardous materials for proper disposal instead of throwing them away. A list of accepted items for drop-off can be found at here.

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