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.

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South Shore Estuary Reserve Council Stewardship Award

Award Description
The South Shore Estuary Reserve Council Stewardship Award recognizes a wider range of Reserve work from a larger pool of eligible nominees. The Reserve Council Stewardship Award continues to recognize citizens, organizations, businesses, municipalities, or other entities in New York State that have made significant contributions to preserve and protect the Reserve’s unique natural environment and maritime traditions.

Reserve Council Stewardship Award Description
Reserve Council Stewardship Award Nomination Form

Completed nomination forms can be sent to the South Shore Estuary Reserve Office, 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Room #2A-15, Hauppauge, NY 11788 or emailed to

Nomination forms are due August 24, 2018.

Award Nominee Eligibility
Nominees should demonstrate initiative and innovation in advancing one or more of the Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan implementation outcomes. The CMP can be accessed at: CMP Document.pdf

Criteria for the selection of the award recipient(s) include:

  1. Will inspire other individuals/groups.
  2. Must be a specific project with a direct outcome.
  3. Shows initiative.
  4. Shows innovation.
  5. Advances the spirit of one or more of the five goals identified in the Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP): 1) Improve and maintain water quality; 2) Protect and restore living resources; 3) Expand public use and enjoyment of the estuary; 4) Sustain and expand the estuary-related economy; 5) Increase education outreach, and stewardship.

Nomination and Selection Process

  1. CAC voting members, Reserve Council members, support staff of the Reserve program, and members of the public, submit completed nomination forms to the Award Review Committee.
  2. The Award Review Committee reviews nominations, conducts necessary research, selects finalists, and recommends recipients to the Reserve Council for approval.
  3. The Reserve Council Chair bestows the award either during a Press Release or at the award function.