As Thanksgiving approaches, consider taking a few quiet moments to ponder what you are most thankful and grateful for this year. Personally, I am thankful for the beautiful gifts Mother Nature has provided us here in Montauk; I am thankful for CCOM’s founding members whose persistence and commitment have saved over 70% of Montauk from development; I am thankful for all of you - our members, supporters, partners, and volunteers - who are integral to our efforts to protect and preserve Montauk.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support and generosity of the CCOM community. Please consider making a donation today. Thank you for helping us fight to protect Montauk's environment!

Warmest wishes this Thanksgiving,
Laura Tooman | President
Gobler Lab Manager, Jennifer Goleski (left), CCOM president, Laura Tooman (center), and CCOM Program Specialist, Jaime LeDuc (right) holding floating wetland plant specimens in the Gobler Lab at the Stony Brook University Southampton Campus.  
A native plant with an impressive developed root system was removed from the floating wetland mats on Oct 22
On Monday, November 14th, CCOM delivered plant specimens from the floating wetlands project to the Gobler Lab at the Stony Brook University Southampton Campus.

Algae thrive when there is an excess of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus. As the native plants mature, their roots grow, which enables them to take up nutrients as food. In this way, native plants reduce the amount of food that is available for harmful algae and could potentially lessen the extent and severity of the harmful algal blooms that have plagued Fort Pond for years. Dr. Gobler has extensive knowledge of harmful bloom and nutrient interactions and will be testing the native plants to determine their overall nutrient removal capacity.

CCOM’s floating wetlands are part of a multifaceted comprehensive effort to monitor, study and improve Fort Pond’s water quality. Other efforts include bacteria monitoring, harmful algal bloom monitoring and analysis, septic upgrade outreach, open space land acquisitions, and mitigating stormwater runoff.

Please visit our website for more information on the floating wetlands project and the other collective efforts to help save Fort Pond.
In an election cycle, it was refreshing to see that the majority of New York voters stood together and agreed to put our state’s environment ahead of party politics. Prop 1, otherwise known as the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022, prevailed and passed with flying colors.

Thank you to those who voted and heard our call! This will be the first Environmental Bond Act our State has seen in over 25 years. It authorizes up to $4.2 billion of state bonds to help tackle much-needed projects like flood risk reduction, climate change mitigation, water quality improvement and open space conservation. This funding could easily advance many of our ongoing water quality and coastal resilience projects here in Montauk.
YOU are central to the environmental work we do to build a sustainable future for Montauk.

For us to continue our work, we need the support of our community, and we hope you will consider making a special year-end gift to CCOM. Plus, if you donate before December 31st, your gift will be matched!

Please consider a special year-end gift today.
Our Lindley-Morrison Signature Walk, held on November 5th featuring Dr. Bret Bennington, was a wonderful success. His thoughtful lessons about Montauk’s natural history, ecology, and geology were captivating. He is truly a rock star!

Together with our long-time partner, Third House Nature Center, we host the Lindley-Morrison Signature Walks to honor the founders of our two organizations and their significant contributions to Montauk. Stay tuned for more great opportunities to get involved. We will be announcing another series of walks in 2023 on our events webpage in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
More than 50 people joined the walk and lecture with Dr. Bret Bennington on Saturday, Nov. 5th. Walking south from the lighthouse along the shore, Dr. Bennington spoke about glaciation and how our cliffs were formed over geological time.
Sand, clay, and rock debris were left behind to form Long Island as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago. These layers are revealed as erosion from the sea scours away sand, creating "hoodoo" structures.
Participants learned to identify different rocks. In this picture, there are two pieces of quartz (bottom left), and rocks with specks of mica in them (top and bottom right).

Please join CCOM President Laura Tooman for three informal virtual open house conversations about Montauk and CCOM's environmental priorities.

Zoom Sessions are scheduled for December 15th, January 19th and February 16th, each at 5pm. You must register to participate so please visit our events webpage to sign up. These events are free.
Get a head start on holiday shopping! All of our merchandise is on sale for the holidays. Give a gift that gives back to Montauk!

Plus, enter code EXTRA10 at checkout to receive an additional 10% off your total purchase of $50 or more! Tees = $20, Yeti's = $15, Totes = $15, and more!

Check out our website's SHOP PAGE or save on shipping and stop by the office at 6 Elmwood Ave.!

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CCOM is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental organization. Thanks to our donors, we have been protecting Montauk's unique environment since 1970. Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation today.
From all of us at CCOM, we would like to extend heartfelt thanks for your support in making our progress possible for the past fifty-two years.

We are working every day to deliver a sustainable future for Montauk.