Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Join the Citizens' Advisory Committee Ambassador Program. Become a partner of the Peconic Estuary Program and a voice for your community!
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.
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
Activities and volunteer opportunities with our local partner organizations!
Here are other Long Island Estuary Programs and local organizations you can get involved with!
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.
PEP is creating a monthly video segment discussing environmental issues such as plastics, habitat restoration, nitrogen loading and more. Each month the video will be uploaded to our Vimeo page and posted on Facebook. This segment is an effort to reach our stakeholders in a new format more appealing to the public.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.
Local Law 41-2007 prohibits lawn fertilizer application between November 1st through April 1st in Suffolk County. During this time period, lawn grass doesn’t grow and there-ore fertilizers are rendered useless. The purpose of this law is to reduce the amount of nitrogen released into our groundwater and surface water. Retailers are required to post signs near fertilizer displays notifying customers of the date restrictions. Violators, whether it be home-owners, landscapers or other parties risk fines of $1,000. Watch and share our Nitrogen Reduction video on Vimeo.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands of properties are currently served by cesspools and septic systems that will never be connected to a sewer system. Reversing degradation of water quality will depend on replacement of existing systems with new, individual Innovative and Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (I/A OWTS). Suffolk County has devised the Septic Improvement Program consisting of both a grant and low-interest financing program as a way to assist residents to transition to systems that better protect water quality.