04/23/18 12:00pm
04/23/2018 12:00 PM

File photo: Peconic Bay near Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

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.  — READ

07/13/17 6:00am
07/13/2017 6:00 AM

Kevin McDonald remembers 1985, when brown tide was first detected in Peconic Bay. He was recently married, and he and his wife had purchased snorkels and face masks to explore the bay, where the water color was a “light-colored coffee” and it was hard to see six inches in front of their faces.

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02/11/15 2:00pm
02/11/2015 2:00 PM
Experts say native plants like these New England asters are preferred for rain gardens. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Experts say native plants like these New England asters are preferred for rain gardens. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A unique program that allowed for a small number of homeowners in Southold and Southampton towns to earn a rebate of up to $500 for installing rain gardens, rain barrels or other forms of “conservation landscaping” on their properties has been expanded to include a portion of Riverhead and other areas.  (more…)

11/20/14 11:50am
11/20/2014 11:50 AM
The former Courthouse Restaurant building as it appeared in January 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The former Courthouse Restaurant building as it appeared in January 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead Town may require the owner of the vacant and dilapidated Courthouse Restaurant (also known as J.P. Michael’s) on Railroad Avenue to clean up and secure the structure, or else the town will do so itself.  (more…)

05/24/14 10:00am
05/24/2014 10:00 AM
Long Island Aquarium Exhibit Artist Eli Fishman shows Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter one of two steel fish sculptures that mark a fish ladder at Grangebel Park. (Courtesy photo)

Long Island Aquarium Exhibit Artist Eli Fishman shows Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter one of two steel fish sculptures that mark a fish ladder at Grangebel Park. (Courtesy photo)

Two steel fish sculptures were unveiled this week at Grangebel Park in Riverhead to commemorate “World Fish Migration Day” today. The sculptures are part of a newly renovated fish ladder by Long Island Aquarium Exhibit artist Eli Fishman.  (more…)

04/27/14 10:00am
04/27/2014 10:00 AM
Tonya Witczak (left) and her daughter Julianna planting with Missy Weiss. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Tonya Witczak (left) and her daughter Julianna planting with Missy Weiss. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Build a rain garden, help the environment, get a reward.

It’s a simple as that.

The federal Peconic Estuary Program, which was created 20 years ago to improve water quality in the Peconics, will offer rewards of up to $500 to residents in Southold’s Hashamomuck Pond watershed area and the Reeves Bay watershed in Flanders who work to combat groundwater pollution by installing rain gardens, rain barrels or other forms of “conservation landscaping” on their properties.  (more…)

03/07/14 2:00pm
03/07/2014 2:00 PM
A fish monitoring training session will be held at Grangebel Park at 12:30 p.m. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A fish monitoring training session will be held at Grangebel Park at 12:30 p.m. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The Peconic Estuary Program will host a community water quality workshop Saturday, bringing local citizen and leaders together to discuss different types of projects underway in the communities.

Different efforts including beach cleanups, native plantings and invasive species removal, as well as a fish population monitoring effort in downtown Riverhead will each be discussed.  (more…)