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..
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't know the Peconic Baykeeper well but am very aware of the service that Kevin McAllister provides. His organization is invaluable to all of us in this area, whether or not we are aware of its activities. Kevin McAllister is dedicated on our behalf and often appears to be the only one on his, or our, side. I particularly appreciate how well the Baykeeper is able to communicate both the details and the big picture when he talks to the public and is asked to explain the extent to which uncontrolled development has damaged, and could continue to damage, our bay water. Our family enjoys shellfish, swimming, and summer guests - all of which rely on keeping environmental standards high.