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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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

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

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.

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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!

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.

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

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.

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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