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The Peconic Estuary Program is seeking the public’s input on its Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, which hasn’t seen updates since it was approved in 2001.
The CCMP is the blueprint for how the program focuses its resources to protect and restore the estuary, which stretches east from the headwaters of the Peconic River and includes several bays, ending at Block Island Sound. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO First light over Peconic Bay from Silver Beach.
What makes the East End of Long unique is its farmland, salt creeks and Peconic Bay. They draw people here and keep them here.
From the point where the Peconic River enters the bay in Riverhead all the way past Shelter Island to Gardiners Bay, this stunning body of saltwater is a great resource on many levels. (more…)
COAST GUARD AUXILIARY PHOTO A view high above Flanders Bay in 2013 shows the discoloration of the water caused by red tide, a type of algae that can kill marine life.
Over the past month, the Peconic Estuary has been hit with one environmental blow after another, a Stony Brook biologist and marine researcher said, thanks in part to rising temperatures in East End waterways. (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Riverside sewer plant off riverside Drive
Residents should stay out of the Peconic River this week, after wastewater that didn’t meet healthy standards was discharged from the Riverhead sewage plant, Suffolk County health officials said Tuesday.
The Department of Health Services issued an advisory for the tidal area of the river east of Grangebel Park, saying contact with water should be avoided. (more…)
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Friday Night Dialogues at 7. p.m tomorrow features a program on how to preserve the beauty of the East End
The beauty and uniqueness of the East End is defined in large part by the bays and rivers that surround it. All are part of the Peconic Estuary, which is located between the North and South forks, beginning at the headwaters of the Peconic River and extending to Block Island Sound. (more…)