On Saturday June 28, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with Peconic Baykeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance on the beautiful Peconic Bay for their 2nd annual Benefit for the Bays. Together we celebrated a new chapter for the Peconic Baykeeper, while raising funds to protect swimmable, drinkable and fishable waters locally and around the globe. Attendees were united by a passion for the environment and the belief that everyone deserves the fundamental right to clean water. This connection was amplified by Marc Yaggi, the Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, as he spoke to his own path as a clean water advocate and ultimately of Waterkeeper’s commitment to reaching 500 local Keeper organizations within the next three years. Peconic Baykeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance have accomplished a lot in water protection but the fight is not over! Especially on Long Island, effectively addressing the region’s water quality issues will take a comprehensive approach. As a professional community planner for 25 years, Dan Gulizio, the interim Executive Director of Peconic Baykeeper, spoke to both the challenges facing local waterbodies and the common sense solutions Peconic Baykeeper is pursuing to restore the vitality of Long Island’s unique coastal environment. Please learn more about their work and join as a member today.