East End native Peter Topping has been named the new “eyes and ears on the waters” of the north and south forks — the baykeeper — by the nonprofit organization Peconic Baykeeper. Mr. Topping will “provide science and market-based solutions to our water pollution issues,” according to a recent news release.
“Pete brings a lifetime of working and recreating on the Peconics to the table, with particular experience in aquaculture and environmental education,” the organization said in a statement.
Mr. Topping holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science biology from LIU-Southampton and a master’s degree in biology education from Stony Brook University. He has worked as an educator in Florida and California and as a park ranger in Maine, and comes to Peconic Baykeeper from his previous post as bay management specialist for East Hampton Town.
“I am most at home on and in the water and am honored to have the opportunity to share my passion for and to protect this great resource that makes this place home,” he said in a statement.