The annual Long Island Volunteer River Herring Survey is one of Long Island’s longest running community science projects.
The only dam on West Brook, a major tributary of the Connetquot River, failed in 2019 and allowed the artificial pond behind it to drain. For the first time in over 100 years, the brook could once again flow naturally from its headwaters in Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park down to the tidal reaches of the Great South Bay. It is now one of a only a few free-flowing streams on Long Island. It has great ecological potential as a place where migratory fish can return and other native riverine species can once again find a home.
River Herring have been documented at Mill Pond, Bellmore Creek for the past several migration seasons; it’s one of only a two-dozen streams on Long Island where remnant runs of the ecologically valuable fish still exist.
The Penataquit Creek Revival is a long-term effort to improve the overall health of this Bay Shore stream and restore its role in the community.
Seatuck’s Long Island River Revival Project seeks to restore the ecological health of the region’s coastal rivers and streams.
Long Island’s abundant coastal waterways–a legacy of our glacial history–were once an important part of the island’s coastal ecosystem. For thousands of years they provided a vital link between upland and marine habitats.