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.
Results: *Established a vessel sewage No-Discharge Zone for the Peconic and South Shore Estuary Reserve. *Compelled Suffolk County to stop dredging hundreds of miles of ditches in tidal wetlands. *Halted a marina project in Shinnecock Bay that would have destroyed habitat and degraded water quality. *Moved New York State to designate the Forge River as "Impaired Waters&";, an unfortunate distinction that is the catalyst for corrective action.
Programs: Peconic Baykeeper serves as a public advocate and community educator through its clean water programs and initiatives.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the last twenty years I have watched the brown tides and the red tides and whatever other tides kill off the clams and the mussels and the oysters and fish in the bays of Long Island. We've got to stop this for us and for the future of Long Island.
This is a priority. They made a difference in the Hudson. Let's do the same in Long Island waters.

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

watching the media coverage of their work and their effects on the people and politics of Long Island.

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

Get off my butt and volunteer.

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

I have had the pleasure of attending conferences orchestrated by the Peconic Baykeeper; most recently about a month ago on septic systems to lower N runoff into our bays. As always the proceedings were informative, current, well attended by assemblyman from multiple towns and run by a diverse and professional group of scientists, engineers, politicians and community leaders that have already used this technology. As an educator and community activist I always see an objective view of the current problems and real world solutions that are actually put into work.
The publication of the Peconic Baykeeper's newsletter has become a staple in my Advanced Marine Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science courses.
Lastly, as a participant in my local Conservation Advisory Council I was informed by an "old timer in government for years "that when this organization was created it was expected to be simply good PR but ineffectual. However, Kevin McAllister turned out to "have a set of brains and ambition" to carry out his mission &, I can attest, the bays are better off because of the peconic baykeeper, his committment and watchful eye and ability to go after towns that are breaking the rules for runoff and effluent. I greatly respect and am appreciative of Kevin and his organization and his protection of our "Estuary of National Significance."

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

N Runoff into the Bays Garden Club Lecture Series Publications used in my classes (both Environmental & Marine Science). This organization's work makes me a more effective teacher at East Hampton High School.

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

give them more staff. One person to patrol such a large area is probably asking too much (but it is much better than no one at all).

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

As a landscape architect practicing on the east end of Long Island, I cannot express enough my appreciation of the job that Peconic Baykeeper is doing in:
1. Keeping the sensitive estuaries and bays of our area clean, and monitoring their well-being.
2. Keeping our population well-informed of the status of the health of these eco-systems. (Their work is well-publicized and their educational outreach is targeted to the entire population.
3. With limited staff and dedicated volunteers, the dollar-for-effect ratio is outstanding.

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

the cleanliness of our estuaries.

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

UI can thin k onf none.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have interacted with the head of Peconic Baykeeper as chair of a local sustainability committee on several occasions and have been very impressed with the professionalism of Peconic Baykeeper's approach to the public, their focus on the long-term health of our local bays and ponds, their willingness to collaborate with other organizations with similar goals and their unwillingness to give up when faced with inertia on the part of the public and local governments.

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

Southampton town, both as member of the public and as a member of a volunteer organization.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

Peconic Baykeeper was instrumental in helping boating organizations in the Great South Bay achieve the launch of additional pump-out boats in the Town of Islip (1 boat) and the Town of Brookhaven (2 boats).

The one pump-out boat in the Town of Islip withdrew thousands of gallons of waste in just their first season from the recreational boaters in their area of the Great South Bay. That was a huge environmental improvement and success.

The increased number of pump-out boats in the Great South Bay then enabled the Peconic Baykeeper to apply for, and win, the formal designation of a "No Discharge Zone" for the Great South Bay.

In my experience, the Peconic Baykeeper is "the real thing". They worked selflessly and achieved the outcomes described here. They are a true asset for the Great South Bay, Peconic Bay and nearby waters.

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

I personally made presentations to parts of the South Shore Estuary Reserve, which later resulted in our South Bay Cruising Club becoming a member of the South Shore Estuary Reserve, Citizens Advisory Committee. The Peconic Baykeeper was already a member of that committee and eagerly joined the effort to promote pump-out boats on the Great South Bay. As mentioned earlier, the Peconic Baykeeper was instrumental in the Great South Bay getting additional pump-out boats and a "No Discharge" designation.

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

I would love to see this organization "cloned" so there were more of them, like the Peconic Baykeeper. The Peconic Baykeeper is very effective at what they do, and could easily be a role model for other similar groups.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through another not-for-profit group, the South Shore Estuary Reserve, Citizens Advisory Council.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

The Great South Bay is a cleaner recreational environment now, with the additional pump-out boats that the Peconic Baykeepr helped initiate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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7 people found this review helpful

Re: Kevin McAllister-Our Peconic Baykeeper. During the several years since the beginning of the

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

see above

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Kevin is available to discuss local problems.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful,pleasant and available.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put the fear of the legal gods into anyone thinking of breaking or bending the rules of the DEC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I interned with Peconic Baykeeper shortly after graduating college, and had such a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a rewarding field and encouraged me to follow a career path in the field myself. I have since earned a master's degree in coastal science and policy and now work for another environmental non-profit in the area as a professional environmental advocate and educator, where I am lucky to often work closely with Peconic Baykeeper. I am truly happy to work alongside this great organization as often as possible. I highly respect their work and truly appreciate that Peconic Baykeeper is fighting for the protection of my local waters.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional, knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

As a longtime supporter of the Peconic BayKeeper and former Board member, I can speak first hand of the quality and caliber of this organization, its Board, and most importantly its leader, Kevin McAllister. Kevin, and the organization are dedicated to the most important natural resources in the area, the Peconic and Great South Bays. The quality of the Bays, thier fish and wildlife and water quality are the keys to the quality of life and economic future of Long Island's East End. The BayKeeper serves to ensure that the Bays are protected and flourish for current and future generations. Larry Kast Former Board Member Current Vice President, Honeywell

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, dedicated, knowlegable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Peconic Baykeeper does so much to protect the environment and educate the community that funders could be forgiven for thinking they have a full time staff of ten. The consistent quality of Kevin McAllister's work makes his organization a go to resource. Peconic Baykeeper routinely works with other regional and local non-profits to maximize effectiveness.

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

delivering environmental victories for eastern Long Island

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

add more staff so they can work on more projects

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

science based decision making

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

effective and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring back the scallops to the Peconic Estuary

Ways to make it better...

the oprganization were able to expand

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising in tough economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

they make every dollar go as far as it can

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Peconic Baykeeper is an extremely effective advocate for Peconic Bay, the South Shore, and the commmunities that use these waters. Peconic Baykeeper juggles multiple skills as a scientist, teacher, and environmental law enforcer in order to fight for everyone's right to clean water for fishing, swimming, and drinking. I've seen the Baykeeper in a boat on the water tracking down polluters, in a courtroom advocating for stronger enforcement of environmental laws, and in meetings rallying community support. The organization has been successful with issues like sewage treatment and Shelter Island dredging. Peconic Baykeeper also has been awarded educator of the year by EPA and they play a key role in protecting our waters from pesticides. I've worked alongside of Peconic Baykeeper's talented staff and am impressed with their dedication and passion for the work. Support Peconic Baykeeper for fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters.

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

spending time in their watershed and enjoying recreation on the waters they protect. I also am familiar with their recent success in preventing a government and industry attempt to remove pesticides from Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

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

ensure that the Baykeeper has plenty of time to be on the water tracking pollution issues and meeting with community members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about their issues and being inspired by their passion for clean waterways for all members of their community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

talented and effective. I have met with all of their staff and board members.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue and enhance its success at making clean water a priority in the region.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time in my schedule to be out on the water with Baykeeper!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

making sure that everyone in the watershed knows the key role they play and raising funds to support their important work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you want clean water, support Peconic Baykeeper!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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