PECONIC BAYKEEPER INC

Rating: 4.87 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 893 10 Old Country Road Quogue NY 11959 USA

Mission: Established in 1997, Peconic Baykeeper is a licensed member of Waterkeeper Alliance. Peconic Baykeeper is the only independent, not-for-profit organization solely dedicated to the protection and improvement of the Peconic and South Shore estuaries of Long Island. We work to reverse the environmental degradation of the past and promote new strategies and policies to protect and improve water quality. We identify pollution problems that impact our waters and work towards affecting change that provides for improvements in water quality and habitat protection. Our collaboration with other stakeholder groups and local government is essential towards this goal.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing and reading the actions the Peconic BayKeeper organization has completed over many years of service to our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask for government funding since the organization benefits everyone.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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The general publics obvious appreciation is evident. It is a beautiful waterway.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it more visible to groups like Eagle Scouts, Advanced Education groups for possible field trips.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through participation in workshops aimed at improving County health codes to better protect our surface waters as well as our drinking water.

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Hire more lawyers for them, although I'm not a big proponent of legal action, we need to better hold our officials and agencies responsible for following and enforcing the environmental laws we work so hard to pass.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organizations efforts as a waterfront property owner.

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I would encourage more people to support this agency

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

They keep pubic informed with the how and why the water ways are in trouble. They also let the public know what we/they can do to help clean
things up and how to keep them clean.
This is done through education . They show up at various events to contact people in personand keep them informed..

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Various events here on Long Island.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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I've personally experienced the work of Peconic Baykeeper on the many environmental issues which I have written about or which my wife has been involved with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help Peconic Baykeeper to enlarge its watchdog and public information functions.

Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their communications about what they are accomplishing and the help that they need

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Communicate with the environmental groups on the North Fork so that we know what types of public presentations you might be able to provide in order to build a larger community who will make it their mission to protect Peconic Bay.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Civic Association meetings and community action councils.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing !

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

following the deliberations, policies and actions of local government agencies relevant to Peconic Bay

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional staff as needed to strengthen its watchdog functions and expand its public education efforts.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The participation with our SCERP program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding!

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