Trying to Put Environment on Agenda

A coalition of environmental groups with the apparent organizational backing of the New York League of Conservation Voters will hold a press conference at East Hampton Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. Monday to announce an effort to force candidates for town office to address environmental issues.

The coalition is calling itself the East Hampton Environmental Coalition and is comprised of the Accabonac Protection Committee, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Dark Sky Society, Garden Club of East Hampton, Group for the East End, New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Northwest Alliance, Quiet Skies Coalition, Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection, Surfrider Foundation, and Third House Nature Center.

According to a press release issued Thursday, the coalition will ask town candidates  a set of policy questions, including ones on coastal-preservation planning, aquifers and drinking water, surface water and estuaries, open space preservation, light and noise pollution, environmental planning and code enforcement, solid- and water-waste management, and the candidates’ environmental credentials and philosophies.

The group has set an Oct. 14 deadline for responses.