Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Applications Now Closed for 2023!
The Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) is providing a unique opportunity for people who live within the Peconic Estuary watershed. The PEP will provide financial rewards for homeowners who remove turf and pavement, and add green alternatives to their properties that benefit 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 make a positive impact for your local estuary and all its amazing bays. While improving your property, you are 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.
As you plan your new landscape with native plantings, rain gardens, or rain barrels, the Peconic Estuary Partnership encourages you to consider how to also lessen your fertilizer use by following the LINAP nitrogen fertilizer recommendations. View a list of the recommendations for homeowners here!
Check out 10 ways you can reduce your personal nitrogen inputs and take the pledge to be recognized as a leader in helping to combat nitrogen pollution in our community! Take the “Reduce Nitrogen Pledge” today.
#1 Submit the Online Homeowner Rewards Program Application
print and fill out the Homeowner Rewards Program Application
Please send completed application via email or mail to:
Peconic Estuary Partnership
Riverhead County Center
300 Center Drive, Room 250S
Riverhead, NY 11901
#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 call with any questions 631-852-5806.
Replace pavement, turf grass, or lawn with native plant species only.
Minimum size of garden: 50 square feet.
Maximum rebate per garden installation: $500 for 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
As you plan your new landscape with native plantings, rain gardens, or rain barrels, consider how to also lessen your fertilizer use by following the LINAP nitrogen fertilizer recommendations. View a list of the recommendations for homeowners here!
PEP partnered with the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) to develop a “Reduce Nitrogen Pledge” for the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan. Check out 10 ways you can reduce your personal nitrogen inputs and take the pledge to be recognized as a leader in helping to combat nitrogen pollution in our community!
Follow the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) nitrogen fertilizer recommendations on your property. See more information here.
Click here for a list of the Top 7 places to buy natives near the Peconic Estuary.
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