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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

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.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Renee S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Diana V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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."

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.