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.