A day in the life of the Carmans River, Peconic Estuary and Nissequogue River is designed to celebrate the river and estuary ecosystems and educate participants on the uniqueness of Long Island’s NY State-designated Wild and Scenic rivers. On a single day, environmental education partners and students all along the river will simultaneously collect scientific information, analyze it and share it to portray the status of the river and estuary ecosystem. Students will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish in nets, collect water and invertebrate samples, develop a biodiversity inventory of the riparian zone and analyze water chemistry. Students will examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river, such as where freshwater and salty seawater meet, the amount of sediments in the water and turbidity and oxygen levels, as well as conduct biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna in and around the ecosystems.
The event is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Portal to Discovery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Water Authority. Many environmental groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY State Parks, USGS, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Peconic Estuary Program, Group for the East End, Long Island Aquarium, Long Island Science Center, Sweetbriar Nature Center, Long Island Sound Study, NY Sea Grant, East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, The Nature Conservancy, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, the Brook trout Coalition, and the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Store, will be teamed with school classes along all three River’s and Estuary to create a day-in-the-life picture of the ecosystems from the headwaters to the mouth.