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.
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.
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.