On Joyce Novak’s first day as program director, the Peconic Estuary Program had already begun to revise its comprehensive plan for the estuary for the first time since 2001.
Novak, a coastal oceanographer whose experience spans projects and teaching appointments in New York and Europe, joined the staff in May. Then, planning for public meetings on a new estuary plan was well under way.
The drafting of a new comprehensive conservation and management plan (CCMP) begins with meetings with stakeholders and the public.
As of July 3, the Estuary Program had held 6 public meetings. Stakeholder meetings and opportunities for public comment will continue through September.
The public phase will form the basis for a comprehensive plan to be completed at the end of 2019.
Between now and then, the program staff will assess the health of and principal challenges facing the estuary. The CCMP will also articulate local environmental concerns and priorities.
The revised plan will guide how the program and its partners protect and preserve the Peconic and realize environmental progress.
As program director, Novak supervises the program staff and is the principal spokesperson and advocate for the estuary.
Novak is “excited” to start work “at such a pivotal time in the program.” She cites the new CCMP, “challenges posed by climate change in the estuary,” and prospects for “a renewal of public partnerships.”
The Peconic Estuary Program, at the eastern fork of Long Island, is one of 28 national estuary programs established pursuant to Section 320 of the Federal Clean Water Act.
While NEIWPCC staff members have worked at the program since 2006, all of the PEP staff and contractors are now managed by NEIWPCC for the first time.
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