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April 9, 2010

I have worked with Peconic Baykeeper on a number of occasions and always found them to be an effective ally for protecting the bay and surrounding landscape, for raising awareness about waterfront issues, and for changing public policy and public opinion in favor of bay health. As a journalist, I first worked with Peconic Baykeeper to chronicle their work related to seafood, the fishing industry and the working waterfront. In this capacity, Peconic Baykeeper provided me with excellent research information, data and stories. Later, as a concerned citizen who volunteers on local environmental issues, Peconic Baykeeper helped raise awareness about a beach area of concern in my village, and participating in several village meetings. Along with village officials, Peconic Baykeeper helped collect data on water quality at the beach and the source of pollution at the beach. Peconic Baykeeper will likely be involved in commenting on the village's course of action and remediation.

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

their annual fundraiser a the Lobster Inn, which features the very abundance of local seafood that the Peconic Baykeeper is devoted to protecting, restoring and celebrating.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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The Baykeeper has been tireless in its commitment for advocating on behalf of the voiceless- the Great Peconic Bay, and its myriad neighbors- estuaries, creeks, inlets and water systems all over Long Island. Without the Baykeeper, Long Island's glorious bounty of waterways and the lives they support- hard shell clams, the mighty Peconic Bay scallop, egrets, herons, fishermen, baymen, and tourists alike- would be devastated.

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

Blow up Dockers once and for all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 9, 2010

I live directly near the Forge River. It is sad to say that this natural and beautiful site has been neglected and abused by many who also live by it. It has become the source of terrible pollution from many sources, but most importantly, by those who are able to look at it every day. I love the river and all the wildlife that inhabit it. I have so many birds and other wildlife near my home that I feel blessed to share all of with my children and grandchildren. I can sit out in my yard and only hear birds chirping. Imagine that in this noisey world! But the sad truth is that the river was dying as well as all that around it until Mr. McAllister suddenly appeared as if out of nowhere to save the day. I never heard of him until I attended a town meeting at the local boat club to discuss the fate of the river. The river had gotten so bad you could smell it from 1/2 mile away like the smell of an open cesspool. The entire neighbor stank for over a week. (And this was not the only time this occurred). Well Mr. McAllister is a scientist and he went out on the river and studied it. He did tests and nailed down the cause of the smell and the pollution. He also described what needed to be done to correct the problem. This was no easy task, nor would it be an easy task to correct. Nitrogen from many sources was our culprit ( but it didn't get there by itself, nor would it remove itself by itself). Mr. McAllister persisted and convinced the powers that be that urgent attent must be givento the river. I was so impressed with his work and selfless efforts to help our community that I decided right then and there to do what I could to help him to help us. I support the Peconic Baykeeper and urger others to do so. He is a very special individual and authority on a subject many of us find difficult to comprehend. We need him. This type of individual is very rare and we are fortunate to have him showing us the way to restore the gifts nature has given us.

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

by looking out on my river.

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

Expand their authority

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

they keep me informed

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

excellent individuals and role models for others

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

Do more for Long Island than anyone else I know.

Ways to make it better...

people did not pollute the river in the first place

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

Funds

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

It's wrong to take a beautiful river for granted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 9, 2010

I have known the Peconic baykeeper for many years, been a member of the organization and have heard and read about environmental results coming directly from this environmental group. I served for over five years on the board of a community wildlife refuge with the Peconic Baykeeper, firsthand seeing his experience, determination and environmental wisdom that he brought to that board from his own organization.

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

witnessing the strong motivation and determination with which Peconic Baykeeper works, its public education efforts through publications and programs, its advocacy against adverse environmental policies put out by governmental agencies, developers, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I was an intern for the Peconic Baykeeper in the Fall of 2007. I helped with the petition for a no discharge zone on the south shore estuary. The petition passed into law in October of 2009. There is a great feeling of accomplishment to know that my work played a small role in getting that law passed.

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

Save the World! (just kidding) But they could do a lot to help our environment and keep our bays clean.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Kevin McAllister, Peconic Baykeeper, was responsible for achieving a DEC Impaired Waterways designation for the Forge River, where I live. The river had become extremely polluted, killing fish and even causing breathing problems in some of the residents living next to it. What impressed me most about Kevin is that when he came head-to-head with his adversaries, he never faltered, never got upset, but delivered his intelligent, fact-filled and convincing presentation with professionalism. He is very knowledgeable and is a tireless, hard-working person who so very obviously cares passionately about his mission to clean up the waters of Long Island. He has my utmost admiration and respect and I would hope that all who have some time and money would donate their resources to this worthwhile group whose main interest is our health and well-being.

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

Their achievements in spite of political and bureaucratic obstacles.

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

Meeting wonderful people who care about their environment and are willing to get involved and participate in its outcome.

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

Incredibly helpful, warm, friendly, smart, caring.

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

Accomplish its goals more quickly and with a bit less stress enabling it to realize not only immediate goals, but possibly more in the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I don't know the Peconic Baykeeper well but am very aware of the service that Kevin McAllister provides. His organization is invaluable to all of us in this area, whether or not we are aware of its activities. Kevin McAllister is dedicated on our behalf and often appears to be the only one on his, or our, side. I particularly appreciate how well the Baykeeper is able to communicate both the details and the big picture when he talks to the public and is asked to explain the extent to which uncontrolled development has damaged, and could continue to damage, our bay water. Our family enjoys shellfish, swimming, and summer guests - all of which rely on keeping environmental standards high.

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

knowing that the Peconic Baykeeper was willing to fight the Southampton Town Trustees about the Dockers issue (permit approval of a project that to all intents and purposes did not look as if it should be approved).

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

the ability of the Peconic Baykeeper, Kevin McAllister, to communicate both the details and the big picture, in his struggle to preserve the bay waters from the negative effects of uncontrolled development.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 9, 2010

Tireless Champion of surface water qualities issues on Long Island, that's the Peconic Baykeeper. We who live, work and raise our children here on Eastern Long Island are very happy to have an full time, INDEPEDENT advocate for bay health. Local, State and Federal regulatory bodies need to be constantly reminded of the importance of environmental health issues.

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

create some head aches for lack luster politicals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Peconic Baykeeper looks at the health of all the waters of Long Island, and uses all means to protect them. It does our community a great service and has had effective success most recently in protecting a sensitive area on the South Shore of Long Island.

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

do more dynamic legal responses to impending problems with our bays and ocean.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 9, 2010

I cleaned up debris & garbage along a stretch of Dune Road. Peconic Baykeeper & Coastal Steward sponsored the event - heard about it through Coalition to Save the Yaphank Lakes (Part of Carmen's River estuary). This was the most orderly & well-run cleanup I have done. Everything was provided for us & staff & the Baykeeper did an excellent job & very hard work. I would lend my support to Peconic Baykeeper again - the work they do to preserve our fragile environment is amazing.

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

I bird. Dune Road is like a long, fragile treasure chest - there are so many avian gems in the area, and they are there because of the habitat - the marsh, dunes, mudflats. A clean marsh is a healthy marsh

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

People who care, & that's what matters.

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

Pull all of the trash out of the tidal marshes & rivers & hire enough people to keep the waterways clear.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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