Save the Lake – Save the Pond2020-02-25T17:00:03-05:00
Save the Lake – Save the Pond
How Do Pollutants Enter the Lake and Pond?
Groundwater: A significant percentage of pollution entering Lake Montauk and Fort Pond is due to poorly maintained septic systems
Runoff: Pollutants such as fertilizers, oils, cleaners, and pet waste are carried by rain and snowmelt directly from unbuffered adjacent land,roads, and docks into surface waters
Stormwater Conveyances: Although you may not live on the water, pollutants entering storm drains or streams from your property and/ or roads are delivered untreated directly into waterbodies
What Are the Effects?
Nitrogen loading can lead to harmful algal blooms, and can even increase toxicity levels of the algae
Bacteria in the water makes swimming and recreation dangerous for our pets and families
Toxic chemicals and waste can contaminate our drinking water supply
Water quality has a profound effect on the birds, fish, and shellfish that live in and around the Lake and Pond
What You Can Do
Pledge to have your septic or cesspool inspected and pumped regularly based on usage
Consider upgrading to a new low-nitrogen system – both Suffolk County and the Town of East Hampton are offering incentives!
Reduce stormwater runoff and recharge the aquifer
Slow: Use native plants to create rain gardens and buffer zones
Store: Collect water in rain barrels to use during droughts
Filter: Reduce paved/impervious surfaces on your property
Practice Sustainable Property Management
Use toxin-free landscaping
S.T.O.P. – Stop Throwing Out Pollutants
Educate your friends and neighbors about how they can affect the water quality in Lake Montauk and Fort Pond!
What We Do On the Land Matters
Locate your property on the maps below
Understanding the relationship between your property and the water around us is the first step to helping restore Montauk’s waters.
How does development in Montauk impact water quality?
Wastewater systems in Montauk are mostly individual systems. In more densely developed areas with a greater concentration of septic systems, there is a higher risk of groundwater contaminants entering surface waters, but there are also opportunities in those areas to implement neighborhood-scale solutions.
How far do I have to dig on my Montauk property to hit water?
The deeper the water is beneath your feet, the better the natural system is able to trap and process contaminants from your property as water flows to Lake Montauk and Fort Pond.
How long does it take for pollution from my property to get to Lake Montauk or Fort Pond?
Generally, the closer you are to a water body (lake, pond, stream, or wetland) the faster pollution from your property will reach surface waters.
What role does stormwater pollution play in the water quality problems in Lake Montauk and Fort Pond?
Pollutants on the roads and other manmade surface are washed off during rainfall and make their way toward our surface waters. Slowing and storing stormwater captures and filters out pollutants such as oil, fertilizers, pesticides, pet/animal waste and sediment, keeping it from entering our local waterways. Improving our stormwater infrastructure is critical to restoring Lake Montauk and Fort Pond.