History

Established in 1998, Peconic Baykeeper uses science, education and law to defend critical watersheds from the tips of the Twin Forks through the Great South Bay. Peconic Baykeeper works actively with civic groups, baymen, businesses, children, and the community at large to advance coastal conservation.

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.

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, initiating and cultivating the ongoing regional discussion on nitrogen pollution from sewage, and a current initiative intended to demonstrate the ability to fully revive a “dead” waterbody (Lake Agawam, Southampton, NY).

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, recently dubbed members of the Waterkeeper movement, “one part environmental and one part batman.”

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. Established in 1998 as Long Island’s clean water advocate, Peconic Baykeeper uses science, education, and law to defend the critical watersheds from the Peconic Estuary through the South Shore Bays. 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.