2020 Events Calendar

All CCOM Events Are Free & Open To the Public Unless Otherwise Noted


When celebrating such a milestone as a 50th Anniversary, it is a time to look to the past and consider the future. Over the last few months we have lauded the monumental achievements of CCOM’s early years; now we return to the challenges that we are addressing today and discuss how they will continue to evolve as we enter the next 50 years.

Starting this September, we will be facilitating a series of informational 1-hour webinars on key environmental issues affecting Montauk and the East End, specifically highlighting CCOM’s work within our three leadership initiatives: water quality, coastal resiliency, and environmental sustainability.

The webinars will be conducted by CCOM staff and experts in their respective fields with public participation. If you can’t make the scheduled time, don’t worry – they will all be recorded for future viewing!


12.16.2020 | 4pm-5pm | Coastal Resiliency and the Future of Montauk’s Beaches
Laura Tooman | CCOM President and CARP Committee member
Aram Terchunian | Environmental Consulting Engineer
Peter VanScoyoc | East Hampton Town Supervisor

Please register in advance of the Zoom meeting by clicking HERE

Since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, CCOM has been helping lead the scientific understanding of our local coastal dynamics and the impact of climate change and sea level rise. Much has been accomplished, including specific options for our Montauk beaches as outlined in the Montauk Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan (CARP), an improved scientific understanding of the coastal dynamics that affect our beaches, and ensuring sand replenishment of our beaches through local and federal initiatives such as the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) plan. To help advance this work, we would like to invite you to attend our Coastal Resiliency webinar on Wednesday, December 16th from 4-5pm to hear from those who are shaping our coastal planning.


November | Toxic Algae in Our Ponds | Dr. Chris Gobler | Stony Brook Southampton
On November 12th we were joined by Dr. Chris Gobler for the third installment of our monthly webinar series. CCOM just completed our third season in partnership with the Gobler Laboratory to monitor Montauk’s Fort Pond and Big Reed Pond for toxic blue-green algae. Dr. Gobler discussed the results of our sampling so far in this engaging presentation about the risks and causes of these harmful algal blooms and, more importantly, what we can all do to help limit them. Participants asked some excellent questions at the end. (1hr. 12min.)

October | Toxin Free Fall Landscaping Tips | Edwina von Gal | Perfect Earth Project
On October 7th we held our second monthly webinar. Edwina von Gal of The Perfect Earth Project discussed the detrimental effects of using pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer on your lawns and the importance of creating living landscapes that support the creatures with whom we share our planet. Watch through to the end for some fall tips that can save you money as you plan for the spring. (60 minutes)

September | Lake Montauk Water Quality Study Results | US Geological Survey (USGS)
On September 10th we kicked off our new monthly webinar series with a presentation by US Geological Survey scientists discussing preliminary results from their regional “microbial source tracking” study, which included Lake Montauk thanks to CCOM’s advocacy and funding, with additional support from Long Island Community Foundation and the Town of East Hampton. (55 minutes)

Upcoming Topics
( time & date will be announced soon)
December: Coastal Resiliency