Our History


Our History

Our mission: Peconic Baykeeper is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Long Island’s drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters.

On  Eastern Long Island, a healthy environment equates to a healthy community and a healthy economy. Sacrificing the environment has economic and social impacts, as well as ecological. Over the past two decades, scientific studies have confirmed exponential increases of pollution in Long Island’s drinking water supply, freshwater streams and ponds, and coastal waters. Currently under great duress, our waters need our help. Established in 1998, Peconic Baykeeper uses science, education and law to defend critical water sheds from the tips of the Twin Forks through the Great South Bay. Peconic Baykeeper is a proud member of the international Waterkeeper movement, working actively with civic grounds, baymen, businesses, children, and the community at large to protect and restore water quality and Long Island’s watersheds.

Major Accomplishments

As Long Island’s clear voice for clean water, Peconic Baykeeper understands the complexity of actions and the simplicity of mindset needed to bring life back to our waters.

A few of our major accomplishments include:

  • Halting Suffolk County’s destructive wetlands ditching program for mosquito control
  • Spearheading the implementation of a vessel sewage No-Discharge Zone designation for the South Shore and Peconic estuaries
  • Intiating and cultivating the ongoing regional discussion on nitrogen pollution from sewage
  • Our current initiative- (Lake Agawam, Southampton, NY): intended to demonstrate the ability to fully revive a “dead” waterbody

Celebrating 20 years of bold leadership, Peconic Baykeeper is effective in its ability to raise awareness and to steer the community to recognize a problem and/or to take the necessary actions for remediation. In honor of the spirited and fearless activism at the heart of organizations like Peconic Baykeeper, a popular social media website, Upworthy, has dubbed members of the Waterkeeper movement, “one part environmental and one part batman.”