Great Peconic Race to host a “Back to the Bays Stewardship Paddle Series” this summer and offer the community an opportunity to give back, and get back, to the bays!
The Great Peconic Race Committee is teaming up with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program to offer a series of free community paddling events that will enable participants to play an active role in restoring the health of our bays.These events are made possible as a result of the proceeds generated from the Paddle for the Bays (which took place in June) and the Great Peconic Race (this year’s event will be on September 9th).
During this summer’s Back to the Bays Stewardship Paddle Series, paddlers of all levels will be welcome to partake in these recreational events designed to engage participants in activities designed to clean our waters, enhance shellfish populations and increase marine habitat availability in our waters.The first event on August 1st will be conducted in partnership with the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery and involves paddling in Three Mile Harbor from Gann Road to Sedge Island and seeding 100,000 juvenile hard clams into the waters at the designated planting site. Following the clam planting, Bay Kitchen will be preparing food for paddlers. Please register in advance at https://gprclampaddle.eventbrite.com. Participants should bring their own kayaks or paddleboards, and meet up at the end of Gann Road in East Hampton on Tuesday August 1st at 5:15pm; paddle begins at 5:30pm.For anyone needing equipment, Paddle Diva will be able to supply rentals; please reserve by calling 631-329-2999.
Future events in this series will involve building new oyster beds off of Havens Beach on August 21st, and conducting a Marine Meadows Program eelgrass habitat restoration workshop on September 9th, on Wade's Beach, Shelter Island during the Great Peconic Race!
For more information on the Great Peconic Race, please visit greatpeconicrace.com.