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!
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."
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.