Environmental Sustainability

Working to Keep Montauk Montauk

CCOM preserves and protects the unique environment and ecology of Montauk through education, advocacy, and grassroots citizen action. CCOM’s core belief is that development must be done in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner that recognizes the critical link between our ecology and our economy.

Let’s Create the Community We Want

Montauk’s ecology and economy are inextricably linked. Whether it’s new development or redevelopment 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.

As such the environmental priorities and objectives outlined in the Montauk Hamlet Plan for both the downtown and harbor area address important, timely and critical environmental issues facing the Montauk Community, (surface and groundwater pollution, beach erosion, climate change and sea level rise) and CCOM actively participates in the committees working to achieve these priorities and believes their continued work and evolution will help drive both the immediate and long term changes that are needed and outlined in the Montauk Hamlet Plan.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk also believes a comprehensive portfolio of renewable and alternative energies must be combined with extensive energy conservation in order to address the climate crisis resulting from our region’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Additionally, the Town of East Hampton’s ambitious and warranted sustainable energy goals cannot be achieved without actively pursuing offshore wind energy and a utility-scale offshore wind project which may result from the South Fork Wind Farm initiative or other future proposed projects.

We must, however, pay particular attention to, and minimize to the maximum extent possible, any known, unknown, or even unforeseen environmental impacts, including those related to the fishing industry and environmentally sensitive and preserved lands associated with the installation, operation and maintenance of these technologies. A rigorous and transparent permitting process must proceed, with extensive pre-through, post-project monitoring to ensure we thoroughly understand and address impacts on the scaling of individual and multiple projects.

Stand With Us

CCOM has a strong legacy of serving as Montauk’s environmental watchdog as well as being an incubator for innovative environmental initiatives. We will actively review development proposals, advocate for code enforcement, and keep the community informed on all of these fronts.

With your support, we will Keep Montauk Montauk for future generations.

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