Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Apply now for the rebate program for native plantings, rain gardens, and rain barrels!
The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) is providing a unique opportunity for people who live within the Peconic Estuary watershed area. The PEP will provide financial rewards for homeowners who remove turf and pavement, and add landscape to their properties that benefits the environment.
Homeowners can earn up to $500 to offset the expense of installing green infrastructure on their properties including rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plant gardens.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about your local estuary and all its amazing bays while improving your property and reducing pollution from entering local waters. Funds are limited and will be granted on a first come first serve basis, so don’t miss out!
Learn more about how installing rain barrels and rain gardens can reduce pollution to our bays on the Create a Peconic Friendly Yard page.
#1 Submit the Homeowner Rewards Program Application and survey
#2 Upon approval, construct your project
#3 Submit receipts and pictures of project for final approval
#4 Receive your rebate check up to $500
Residents of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold townships who live within the Peconic Estuary watershed are eligible. Check out the Peconic Estuary Watershed Boundary map below to see if you are eligible.
Please send completed application and survey via email or mail to:
Peconic Estuary Program
Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Office of Ecology
360 Yaphank Avenue, Suite 2B
Yaphank, NY 11980
Please call with any questions 631-852-5806.
Replace pavement, turf grass, or lawn with native or “native compatible” plant species only.
Minimum size of garden: 50 square feet.
Maximum rebate per garden installation: $500 for soil, mulch, and native plants only. Receipts must be provided.
Install based on manufacturers guidelines or follow DIY instructions. Mosquito netting must be included. Use appropriate mosquito protection attached to top of rain barrel.
Minimum size: 50 gallons.
Maximum rebate per barrel: $100/barrel or at cost
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