Various Sites Throughout the Peconic Estuary Region
Pathogen Load Assessment Services
Pathogen contamination in coastal waters can lead to closed shellfishing beds and bathing beaches, thus disrupting the economic and recreational opportunities upon which residents and visitors depend. Approximately 4.2% of the Peconics (5,222 acres) is closed to shellfishing, and area-bathing beaches are occasionally closed due to concerns related to increased pathogen loading, particularly in conjunction with heavy rainfall. The amount of pathogen loading contributed by waterfowl, wildlife, livestock, domestic pets, and septic systems to the Peconic system needs to be more fully and accurately assessed. In order to assist in such an assessment, through this project, surveys of waterfowl and livestock populations will be conducted, and appropriate management reccomendations will be genrated. Additionally, a quantitative and qualitative assessment of septic systems and associated pathogen loading potential will be conducted in select sub-watershed within the Peconic Estuary.