We are very fortunate to have Kevin McAllister and Peconic Bay keeper organization. As our advocate without goverment or polictical influence,Peconic Bay keeper has fought to keep our waterways clean and hopefully will continue for future generations. Kevin always makes his presence in our communities while teaching the importance to preserving our most precious resource.
Its tough work protecting fragile waterways from so many directions. From industry to municipalities to uneducated landowners and boaters , there are times to get tough and times to gently correct and inform, all in the name of preservation. The Peconic Baykeeper is a small, passionate group, dedicated to their cause. Visible, accountable and a great presence
I'm not sure why it takes someone like The Peconic Bay Keeper to remind people that its not OK to flush your toilet directly into the bay...but aparently it does, and our Bay Keeper is very effective at it - recently getting the entire South Shore Estuary Reserve listed as a no-vessel-discharge zone.
Way to go Kevin!
This is a wonderful website that works to protect the bay and its surrounding environment. We need to do everything we can tp support their efforts.
Environmental organizations on the East End of Long Island are up against strong and often not very above board financial and political interests which come from developers and politicians who stand to make large profits from trashing the environment. In an area dominated by water, waterways, estuaries, harbors, shorelines, creeks and deep aquifers -- all interrelated and of prime importance to wildlife and the environment -- Peconic Baykeeper has consistently been at the forefront in the fight to protect natural resources and to keep the public informed. I have also been very appreciative of the fact that Peconic Baykeeper bridges the gap (often significant) between solid scientific and biological evidence and fact on the one hand and the public perception of the implications of all this on the other. This is a very important service, particularly since there is a tendency on the part of developers, politicians and even media to misrepresent the evidence!
I know how important Peconic Baykeeper is to the North Fork, which is surrounded by --you guessed it--Peconic Bay! It is is dynamic organization that works hard to preserve this important estuary, by reporting on what is going on, science, and outreach to the community.
While I am not a professional, I am a volunteer with the North Fork Audubon Society, so I am well aware of the challenges facing the Peconic Bay.
My wife and I recently moved to the Peconic bay area, because we value so much the area's natural environment. This environment has been under attack for the past several decades by overdevelopment, and it has been our experience that the Peconic Baykeeper Inc has consistently been in the forefront of the battle to preserve that bays. We have attended lectures; participated in guided kayak trips and hikes; and attended civic association meetings, and during so many of those events, the Peconic Baykeeper has provided invaluable and interesting information to help the public understand how critically important our bays are, and how to protect them.
This group acts with integrity and a fundamental knowledge of the required scientific issues, against heavy odds of special interest groups that regard the protection of marine resources and systems as obstacles in the way of adverse use or destruction or profit. This organization is in fact the single most vocal and knowledgeable entity in eastern Long Island, acting on behalf of the public interest with remuneration far below what it deserves and in the face of great enmity, often from government itself. In essence this group is the chief barrier to the degradation of marine waters, wetlands and natural resources. It deserves recognition and high praise.
Kevin McAllister has been essential to theSoMAS program at Stony Brook University as well as largely to the Southampton campus MarineScience program. The colloboration between the Peconic Bay Keeper and the Marine Science program has been immensely successful and vital to the community. In order to produce change in the way of thinking in a coastal area, we all need to pull together our individual resources to bring about improvement in the environment. The Peconic Baykeeper is performing such a service.