Peconic Estuary Program Call to Action ConferenceNext week is National Estuaries Week, and the Peconic Estuary Program is celebrating by holding a conference next Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Atlantis Sea Star Ballroom at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

The free day-long conference, titled “a call to action,” will include a discussion of community water quality projects with Group for the East End President Bob DeLuca, a tour and discussion of the innovative Riverhead Sewer District irrigation project at the Indian Island Golf Course and a panel discussion between the East End’s town supervisors on water quality issues, moderated by State Assemblyman Fred Thiele.

The conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the general public, but meals and transportation to the golf course are the responsibility of the individual attendee.

For more information, call PEP Education and Outreach Coordinator Sherryll Huber-Jones at 631.727.7850, ext. 353 or email her at

You can register for the conference online here.

The Peconic Estuary program is also holding a month-long photo contest in September. They’re looking for photos of the estuary, critters that live there or other relevant photos. A grand prize will be given in October. Beginning Sept.1, anyone can submit their photos through PEP’s Facebook page or at, along with your mailing address.


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

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