Environmental Initiatives

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If you love Montauk, you’re one of us! Join Us

For more than 45 years, CCOM has led the effort to protect Montauk’s precious environment, successfully preserving over 70% of Montauk’s land. Thanks in large part to the work of CCOM members and volunteers, we can all enjoy Montauk’s trails, beaches, scenic vistas and rugged beauty.

Today; however, there are new threats to Montauk’s environment. CCOM is focusing our efforts on addressing three urgent priorities: cleaning up Montauk’s water, protecting its beaches and coastline, and advocating for sustainable development. We need your help to succeed. The outcome of our joint efforts will determine what our town is going to look like for generations to come. Let’s Keep Montauk Montauk!

Water Quality

Montauk has 23 bodies of water – some of which are threatened. What does it take to clean up Montauk’s polluted waters? You! Fort Pond and parts of Lake Montauk are unsafe for swimming and recreation. Since 2013, CCOM’s team of highly trained volunteers and partners have worked year-round collecting and analyzing water samples. The results are clear: Montauk’s water quality is getting worse, but it’s not too late. Working together, we are reversing the damage and cleaning up Montauk’s water.

Learn how Montauk’s Water Quality is threatened >>

Coastal Conservation

We have 115 miles of shoreline in Montauk, and caring for our most precious resource is of the utmost importance. Rising sea level, erosion and increasingly powerful storms are accelerating impacts to Montauk’s coastline and built infrastructure. Our community must develop a site-specific, scientific understanding of these changes to craft responses that protect ecological and economic resources.

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Sustainable Development

Montauk’s ecology and economy are inextricable linked. Whether it’s new development or re-development within our community, CCOM believes that short-term financial gains cannot outweigh long term environmental impact. A truly sustainable community is achieved through thoughtful planning, code enforcement and adherence to environmentally responsible practices.

See why Sustainable Development is one of our crucial initiatives >>