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Peconic Estuary

Step it up, Suffolk: Lack of holding tank at Indian Island campground dump station just 300 feet from Sawmill Creek is...

by Jul 17, 2023
Whatever is dumped into those cesspools buried in the sandy soils of near Saw Mill Creek will transit those 8 yards and reach the surface water in 0-2 years. Campers might just as well be invited to dump their wastes directly into the water.

Riverhead’s upgraded sewer plant ‘a model for our nation,’ as it recovers up to a half-million gallons a day for irrigation

by Sep 24, 2016
Riverhead’s sewage treatment plant upgrade and the innovative wastewater reuse partnership with the county golf course garnered accolades yesterday from a high-ranking federal Environmental...

Toxic rust tide spreads across entire Peconic estuary, could be lethal to estuary’s fish, marine life

by Aug 23, 2016
Rust tide has spread across the Peconic Bay and all of its waterways over the past week, posing a lethal threat to fish and marine life in the estuary.

Rapidly spreading plant forms thick mat on Peconic River’s surface, could pose danger to river’s fish and plants

by Aug 18, 2016
Scientists have identified a prolific plant growth overspreading a portion of the Peconic River as mosquito fern, an invasive, rapidly reproducing aquatic plant that thickly covers the surface of a waterbody.

New wildlife identification sign for downtown riverfront boardwalk will be designed by Riverhead grad

by Jul 1, 2016
“The Peconic Estuary is a super unique ecosystem with lots of wildlife, and it's in the heart of downtown,” said Holly Williams, who graduated from Riverhead High School in 2011. “People are there all the time. It's a good opportunity for them to learn about what they see there.”

East End towns, villages come together to save water quality in Peconic Estuary

by Nov 4, 2015
The East End towns and Suffolk County have penned an agreement establishing the Peconic Estuary Protection Committee dedicated to the restoration of the federally recognized ecosystem.

County executive calls on federal government for aid to help fix what ails Peconic Estuary: excess nitrogen

by Jun 20, 2015
County Executive Steve Bellone called a press conference on the shore of the Peconic River in Riverhead to say the health of the Peconic Estuary needs federal aid in order to be restored.

Officials plan steps to remove rotting fish, hoping for help from Mother Nature

by Jun 1, 2015
As complaints begin to flow in about the tide of dead fish washing ashore on Flanders Bay beaches, local officials are making plans to remove at least the biggest piles of fish carcasses from local beaches, including the county park.

Marine research scientist: ‘Mahogany tide’ algal bloom caused fish kill in Peconic Estuary

by May 30, 2015
A fish kill of major proportions is underway in the Peconic Estuary, the result of a harmful algal bloom known as 'mahogany tide.'

As thousands of dead bunker wash ashore, Riverhead seeks fishermen with siene nets to help avoid ‘major’ kill

by May 29, 2015
Town hopes fishermen with drag net capabilities can remove live bait fish from the bay before they all die off because oxygen levels in the water are too low to sustain life.