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Peconic Aquatic Invasive Species Database
The problem of invasive species has become a global issue. Introduced species can be aggressive and quickly replace native populations of plants and animals resulting in significant changes in the ...
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Agricultural Stewardship Program
Agriculture is prevalent within the Peconic Estuary watershed, and is of historic and economic importance to our region. The PEP Agricultural Stewardship Program, carried out by Cornell Cooperative...
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Benthic Mapping of the Peconic Estuary
Accurate information is needed about the benthic environment in the Peconic Estuary in order to properly manage this complex and important system. In particular, information is needed about the phy...
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Public Outreach and Education Program
Public outreach and participation is integral to the success of the Peconic Estuary Program. Funding is annually dedicated towards public education and outreach endeavors that serve to encourage parti...
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Marine Conservation Planner Activities
On behalf of the PEP, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is carrying out several initiatives focused on habitat and land protection and restoration. Initiatives include tracking protected land parcels throu...
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Surface Water Quality Monitoring
Sampling of marine and fresh surface waters, and a number of area point sources (STPs), was initially conducted by the Suffolk County Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) in 1976 under the federally funde...
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Peconic Estuary Intermunicipal Agreement
The Peconic Estuary Program has initiated the development of an inter-municipal agreement among the municipal governments within the Peconic Estuary Watershed.  The goal of the coalitio...
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Fish Passage
Fish passage projects within the Peconic Estuary Program, restoring essential breeding habitat for diadromous fish....
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Toxics in the Peconic Estuary
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PEP Partners Grant Program
Public participation, education, and outreach are central to the PEP’s mission to protect and restore the Peconic Estuary. The purpose of the Partners Grant Program is to provide funding to i...
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Program Office
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Habitat Restoration
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Call To Action Conference
The popular event focused on potential solutions to current management issues facing the estuary.  The public participated in interactive panel discussions pertaining to the Peconic Estuary. &nbs...
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National Trends Network: Atomspheric Deposition Monitoring
The National Trends Network is the only network providing a long-term record of precipitation chemistry across the United States. The PEP participates in this monitoring network through collec...
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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (Eelgrass) Long Term Monitoring
Under the Peconic Estuary Program Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Long-Term Monitoring Program (initiated in 1997), Cornell Cooperative Extension closely monitors eight (8) eelgrass beds/sites with...
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Submarine Groundwater Discharge in Relation to Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Study
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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 depe...
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Innovative/Alternative On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Study
This project will formally evaluate innovative/alternative onsite sewage disposal systems capable of denitrification, ranging from individual home systems to small plants capable of servicing up to...
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Peconic Estuary Water Quality Status & Trends Comprehensive Assessment
Water quality monitoring has been conducted in the Peconic Estuary for over three decades. Extensive data sets have been generated from surface water quality monitoring, stream and groundwater moni...
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Subwatershed Management Plans (2011)
Horsley Witten Group (HW) completed a regional stormwater assessment and management project for the PEP in 2003 (Peconic Estuary Stormwater Assessment and Planning Tool; hereon referenced as...
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PEP Mini Grant 2010 CCE Fish Hawks Program
A Peconic Estuary Habitat Restoration and Eelgrass Protection Field Studies program for public school students is designed as a (6) session after-school program for 5th - 7th gr...
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PEP Mini Grant 2010 – CMEE Peconic Walking Tour
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PEP Mini Grant 2010 – Peconic River Video Fish Counter
  The objectives of the Peconic River Video Fish Counter project are to (1) monitor diadromous fish pass...
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PEP Mini Grant 2010 – GEE Spring Planting Program
   Group for the East End (GEE) is expanding it's annual Spring Planting Program to i...
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PEP Mini Grant 2010 – GEE Spring Pond Boat Ramp
The Spring Pond Boat Ramp Stormwater and Habitat Imp...
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PEP Mini Grant 2010 – GEE Eelgrass Educational Brochure
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Cochlodinium Polykrikoides Study
  While Long Island\'s estuaries represent a vital resource which residents enjoy for the purpose of fishing, shellfishing, and recreation, the occurrences of harmful algal blooms (HAB...
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Pump Out Vessel Incentive Program
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Eelgrass Management, Monitoring, Research and Restoration
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Coastal America Partnership Award - Grangebel Park Fishway
Since the 1990s the Peconic Estuary Program, the Town of Riverhead, County, State, and Federal government agencies, the Peconic River Fish ...
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CCMP
Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan PEP is in the process of updating our Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan! Please fill out the public input survey to have your opinion...
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Initiating the Discussion: Dredging in the Peconic Estuary
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Economic Valuation
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PEP Pathogen Load TMDL
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Nitrogen TMDL
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Habitat Restoration Conceptual Designs - 2013
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Subwatershed Management Plans (2013)
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PEP Workplans
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PEP Call to Action Conference 2015
Join PEP and our community partners for our annual Call to Action Conference on Tuesday September 22, 2015. Celebrate National Estuaries Week by sharing conservation and restoration projects within th...
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Conceptual Habitat Design RFP Documents
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Quality Assurance Project Plans
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Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning
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Long Island Tidal Wetlands Trends Analysis
The purpose of the Long Island Tidal Wetlands Trends Analysis project was to quantify the magnitude of landscape-level changes in wetlands loss and changes in marsh condition within the Long Island...
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Peconic Bay Scallop Predation by Channeled Whelks
The commercially important channeled whelk Busycotypus canaliculatus (locally known as conch) is abundant in many areas of the Peconic Bays. Whelks have been regularly observed preying on planted bay ...
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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Habitat Utilization by Juvenile Bay Scallops in the Peconic Estuary
Bay scallop populations have declined dramatically along much of the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts since the 1980’s (Summerson & Peterson 1990, Peterson & Summerson 1992, Tettelbach &am...
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Community Water Quality Workshop and Alewife Monitor Training
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus,    Riverhead, NY from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Registration necessary, limited seats available. Please contact Jenn...
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Peconic Estuary Rewards Program
Learn more about your local estuary and all its amazing bays, while improving your property and reducing pollution from entering local waters. The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) is providing a uniq...
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Quarter Percent Projects 2012
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Presentations
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