South Shore Estuary Reserve

Welcome to the South Shore Estuary Reserve


Formed in 1993, the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Act established the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve (Reserve). The Reserve is administered by the New York State Department of State in cooperation with the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Council (Council) and the Citizen Advisory Committee comprised of State and local governments, non-profit and academic organizations and other local stakeholders.

The Reserve extends 75 miles east from the Nassau County/New York City line the Village of Southampton in Suffolk County. From south to north, the Reserve extends from the mean high tide line on the ocean side of the barrier island to the inland limits of the drainage areas.

The barrier islands along the Atlantic Ocean, the estuary’s shallow interconnected bays and tidal tributaries provide highly productive habitats that support the largest concentration of water-dependent businesses in the State. Water quality in the estuary is crucial to the health of the commercial and recreational fishing and shellfishing industries. 

New in the Reserve


Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Council

Date:               Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Time:              1:00 p.m.

Place:             Town of Hempstead
Department of Conservation and Waterways
1401 Lido Boulevard, P.O. Box 180
Point Lookout, New York 11569

Description:   The Department of State will be convening a meeting of the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Council. The public has the right to attend the meeting.

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes of Meeting of October 12, 2017
  3. New Business
    1. Town of Hempstead Programs
    2. New York Shellfish Restoration Project
    3. Seagrass Management
    4. South Shore Estuary Reserve Office
    5. South Shore Estuary Reserve – Citizens Advisory Committee Report
    6. Day in the Life Program         
    7. Council Member Updates and Roundtable Discussion
  4. Adjourn