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Welcome to the website of the Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Commission (VOBEC). The Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach is the unofficial capital of the half mile wide by 32 mile long barrier beach of Fire Island, just five miles south of Long Island, New York. Fire Island is a unique place. We are a summer resort, but we are also a national park, the Fire Island National Seashore. We have 17 communities, yet we also have long stretches of beautiful beaches, uninhabited wetlands and wilderness areas.

VOBEC hopes that you find our website useful in obtaining information on recycling, finding out about upcoming VOBEC events, glancing at our Fun Facts and tips on what you can do about the environment, and understanding the eco-system of our barrier island.

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Plant A Rain Garden Using Native Plants

If your planning this year includes changes to your landscape, consider a rain garden using native plants. A rain garden is a shallow planted depression designed to hold water until it soaks into the soil. Rain gardens are an important solution to storm water runoff problems. Take a look at the list of native plants in the Tree Protection of the Areas of Focus tab for ideas of plants well suited to our unique environment.

NEW Water Bottle Refilling Station at the Beach

Next to the lifeguard shack on Cottage there is a water bottle refilling station. So avoid all the disposal water bottles and take advantage of one of Ocean Beach's newest sustainability initiatives.
Dune Day is returning to Ocean Beach. Mark your calendars, November 5, 2022, all hands on deck to replant the beach grass on our dune.

Check out Buckets on the Beach, located on the Cottage overpass — reusable bucket for you to take along on your morning walk and fill with trash along the way.
Environmental Awareness Day!
This is our 16th Annual Environmental Awareness Day. Our guest speaker, Maureen Dunn, Water Quality Scientist for the Seatuck Environmental Association and passionate environmentalist, will be discussing the Half-shells for Habitat project she is spearheading. This project is decreasing greenhouse gasses, improving the water quality of the Great South Bay, and helping to restore the populations of wild oysters. Saturday, 20 August at 11 AM at Windswept.

Contact us at to register.

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