Kevin McAllister
Kevin McAllister

Deposed Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister is forming a new group to fight for clean water on Long Island.

Mr. McAllister, whose name for 16 years was synonymous with the Peconic Baykeeper organization, announced Wednesday morning he is forming “Defend H2O,” an organization that will focus on scientific analysis, public education and the government decision-making process.

Mr. McAllister was fired as the Peconic Baykeeper, suddenly and with little explanation, back in March, but said at the time that he planned to continue to fight for clean water on Long Island.

Mr. McAllister’s voice mailbox was full when contacted this morning, but he said in a press release that through “public awareness, analysis, patrol and participation in the legislative and legal process at all levels, Defend H2O will be a tireless advocate for clean water.”

He said the group, which includes naturalist Mike Bottini, Mrs. Peter Salm and former Lobster Inn owner Skip Tollefsen, plans to focus on protecting ground and surface water, sewage management reform, enacting stronger water quality standards, stopping the use of Methoprene for mosquito control and wetland protection.

“We have an ambitious agenda, but we have the knowledgeable experience and with strong support will be successful in our initiatives,” he said.

“Kevin and I have collaborated on environmental issues for 15 years,” said Mr. Bottini. “His tenacity in bringing politically sensitive environmental issues to the forefront of public discussion demonstrates his commitment to resource protection.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

2 thoughts on “Kevin McAllister Forms New Water Protection Group

  1. Good luck Kevin! Glad to see you are back in the “Captain’s Seat” of protecting Long Island’ s precious water resources.

    Bob Eichinger
    Pawling, NY

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