09/26/14 4:00pm
09/26/2014 4:00 PM
Aaron Virgin, VP of Group for the East End; Jim Dreeben, owner of Peconic Paddler; and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter down by the Peconic River on Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Aaron Virgin, VP of Group for the East End; Jim Dreeben, owner of Peconic Paddler; and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter down by the Peconic River on Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

All week long, North Fork natives have been raising a glass to the coastlines they call dear, joining water lovers across the nation for the 26th Annual National Estuaries Week — using social media to spread water quality awareness.

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09/28/13 12:00pm
09/28/2013 12:00 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Coast of the Long Island Sound in Greenport.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Long Island Sound in Greenport.

In celebration of National Estuaries Day today, thousands of people nationwide will be making a “Toast the Coast,” in appreciation and support of keeping the nation’s rivers, bays and estuaries healthy.

The Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) is asking Long Islanders to join the 25th annual celebration by toasting the coast, and taking a photograph (preferably with the bay in the background) of their toast. Social media hash-tags #ToastTheCoast and #PeconicEstuaryProgram were started on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get word out about the celebration.

There’s also a photo contest on the Peconic Estuary Program’s Facebook page. The photo with the most likes by Monday will win a prize, program officials said.

“The toast is a nationwide show of support for protecting and restoring the estuaries and coastal areas that provide us and the environment with invaluable benefits,” said Alison Branco, director of the program. “Whether you are raising a glass of fresh water straight from your kitchen tap, or a glass of beer from one of Long Island’s many microbreweries, if it was made on Long Island it relies on keeping our water resources clean and healthy.”

cmiller@timesreview.com