Log In   ·   Become A Member

Concerned Citizens Of Montauk Launches Fort Pond Floating Wetlands

Nicole Barylski

Patrick Rogers of Beemats and Kate Rossi-Snook of CCOM. (Photo: John Chimples)

Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) is hoping to combat harmful algal blooms and reduce nutrients in Montauk's Fort Pond by adding floating wetlands.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk, along with nearly 40 volunteers, installed approximately 3,000 square feet of floating wetlands in Fort Pond on Saturday, May 15.

"I am so thankful to those who made this installation possible. After a year of isolation, it felt great to get out there as a community and do some good!" expressed CCOM President Laura Tooman.

The floating wetlands, which are seasonal and reusable, feature custom mats that boast more than 7,000 carefully chosen native plants, which were planted and secured by family-owned, Florida-based company Beemats Floating Wetlands. The project's goal is to lower the nutrient load in the pond, which in turn would decrease the impact of the harmful algal blooms that have troubled Fort Pond for years. The plants' roots will absorb nitrogen and phosphorus from the pond as food.

Nearly 40 volunteers turned out to help install the floating wetlands. (Photo: John Chimples)

Once the growing season concludes and plants reach full maturity, CCOM will remove the mats and the plant material will be donated to local community gardens to utilize for composting.

"We are excited to monitor the growth over the next few months and continue our work to reduce nutrient loading into the Pond," noted Tooman.

In addition to the Fort Pond Floating Wetlands project, CCOM, whose mission is to "preserve and protect the unique environment and ecology of Montauk through education, advocacy, and grassroots citizen action," is working on many other efforts to reduce pollutant loadings in Fort Pond, as well as in surrounding Montauk waterbodies. The Fort Pond Floating Wetlands project was made possible by a grant from the East Hampton Town Community Preservation Fund Water Quality Improvement Program.

For more information, visit www.preservemontauk.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Hamilton Hoge
As the owner’s representative our practice encompasses all aspects of a project from pre-purchase property due diligence, program development iterations, advisement on systems, analyze contracts/vendors, critical path analysis, feasibility and schedule. The strength of our approach is in facilitating organized communication. We strongly analyze all representations and warranties for the protection and benefit of our client.

The Citarella Standard. We’re passionate about sourcing and selling the world’s best seafood. When you order our fresh seafood online, what you receive always reflects the unrivaled standard of our markets. It’s hand-prepared, never frozen, and shipped overnight. 631-283-6600.