Press Releases

April 15, 2005

Congressman Tim Bishop Joins Southampton Freshman
In Training To Save Peconic Estuary.

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – Congressman Bill Bishop today joined Southampton College Freshman in training for the battle to restore and improve the water quality of the Peconic Estuary.

The main weapon to be used in the battle by the students is the humble running shoe.

The students have organized a 5K Race/Fun Run and Family Day, designed to raise awareness of the environmental threats facing the estuary and what the public can do personally to advance a healthy bay system.

The race will take place on Sunday April 24, 2005, at Long Beach in Sag Harbor starting at 9 am with all proceeds from race entries being donated to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) for the children’s marine environmental education initiatives. As well as the 5 K Race Fun Run there will be fun activities for the whole family and food and drink vendors will also be there.

Today the students practiced their race starts under the watchful eye of Congressmen Bishop who will be the official starter on Race Day and who is an ongoing campaigner of protecting Long Island’s beautiful yet fragile natural environment.

The idea for the race grew from the freshmen classes core curriculum course, which concentrated on water quality in the estuary.  As part of the course the students, working in small groups, were charged with proposing a project to engage the public in reducing the impacts of nutrient pollution in the watershed. The winning project was the “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Bays” 5 K Race.

Professor Robert Turner, the course coordinator, emphasized the impact of community leaders joining the students in the run.

“Having Congressman Tim Bishop supporting us is a good demonstration of the importance of the problems we are addressing. This, along with the potential to make a real, positive impact in the region, should serve to energize our students and hopefully the community at large,” he said.

“We would like to see as many people as possible at the Run, not only to help raise funds for a vital course but also to show they care about their environment.”

The race day registration is  $25. For senior citizens (over 65) and youth (12-18) registration is $15.

For more information on “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Bays” call (631) 287-8400

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