Welcome to the Peconic Estuary Webpage
What is the Peconic Estuary Program?The East End of Long Island, New York is home to the Peconic Estuary - a magnificent ecosystem that's been designated by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an "Estuary of National Significance." The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) is the managing body charged with protecting and restoring this national, natural treasure. Find out more about the PEP...
Citizen's Advisory Committee Meeting
Join us at the next Citizen’s Advisory Committee Meeting on January 18th
Where: Flanders Community Center
When: January 18th, (starting at 6:30PM)
Peconic Blueway Trail
Passive recreation on the estuary can promote fitness, connect people with nature, and is thought to even improve mental functioning. With this in mind, the Peconic Estuary Program is beginning to plan a blueway trail system– to provide access to, and educational information along, a safe route for passive recreation on the water. To find out more or to get involved in the planning process click here: www.PeconicBlueway.org.
PEP Natural Resources Subcommittee Releases 2010 Progress Report on Habitat Restoration Plan
The PEP Natural Resources Subcommittee reports that in just the past year, over $2.2 million has been secured to advance habitat restoration planning and/or implementation efforts at 20 sites in the recently updated 2009 Habitat Restoration Plan. Additionally, 3 habitat restoration projects have been completed in that same timeframe. To find out more, click here to read their full 2010 report, which includes an updated copy of the PEP Completed Habitat Restoration Project Inventory as an appendix.
PEP Call to Action Conference a Success!
The Call to Action Conference brought out over 200 people throughout the day to show their support for the Peconic Estuary Program. The morning began with an inspiring keynote speech, delivered by Assemblyman Fred Thiele. He reminded listeners of how the Peconic Estuary Program was established in response to the impacts of the infamous brown tide; described how far we have come over the years in many of the objectives of the program; and most importantly he urgently reminded all East Enders that there is still much to be done to restore and protect the Peconics, and called on us all to take action. For more information and to access materials and handouts from the conference, please click here .
2010 PEP Mini-Grant Winners announced click here for more details.
2009 PEP Habitat Restoration Plan
The Peconic Estuary Program Natural Resources Subcommittee is pleased to announce the availability of the recently updated PEP Habitat Restoration Plan and complimentary Interactive Google map which includes photos and project descriptions for each site.
For more information, and to access the Plan and Google Map, please click here.
PEP Project Suggestions Wanted!
The PEP is currently considering pre-proposals and ideas for projects in need of funding. We welcome project ideas from researchers, non-profits, and other entities interested in carrying out work in support of our Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. We encourage you to fill out our brief project description form and as funding becomes available, both through our annual National Estuary Program grant and through other sources, we will work with you to help you attain the necessary funds to carry out your project. For more information click here. To access the project idea form click here.
PEP Unveils New "Eelgrass Management Plan for the Peconic Estuary"
In June 2009, the Peconic Estuary Program adopted an "Eelgrass Management Plan for the Peconic Estuary". This innovative plan details specific management objectives, actions and action steps to help protect and restore this valuable resource. To access the plan please click here.
TMDLs at Work Website
EPA has released a new Web site which provides a collection of stories to inform and educate stakeholders about the benefits of developing pollution reduction budgets, or total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), to protect and restore water quality. The site provides fact sheets which are representative of TMDLs prepared by states around the country.
These fact sheets illustrate how stakeholders can get involved in identifying and cleaning up polluted waters that do not meet their state's water quality standards. The fact sheets also give real-life examples of benefits citizens can enjoy from a cleaned-up waterbody, including enhancements to recreation or better quality drinking water supplies.
The TMDLs at Work Web site is available at http://www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/tmdlsatwork/
Our website will be undergoing changes in appearance and content over the next few months. Please pardon our appearance!