The former Camp Hero site is located in Montauk, Suffolk County, New York and was used for various training activities during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II.
After World War II, the facility was closed, but a portion was acquired and renamed the Montauk Air Force Station. At the station, the 773’d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron used the land as a firing range and field exercise area. Later, the squadron would use it to provide surveillance data of air traffic in the area.
By 1984 the facility was closed and all of the property was transferred to state, local, and Federal agencies.
Today, most of the 468.69-acre park – known as Camp Hero State Park - is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The land is mostly undeveloped and is open to the public for recreation.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is conducting work at the site under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites (DERP-FUDS).
The Corps has conducted several studies and response actions at the former Camp Hero over the years. As a result, underground storage tanks and transformers were removed and buildings were demolished.
In 2019, the Corps completed a remedial investigation report, which included site-wide environmental investigations of soils, sediment, surface water and groundwater to see if further action is needed on the site. The Remedial Investigation Report was issued in February 2019, and a Proposed Plan was issued for public review in September 2019, indicating that no further action is required. For further information, please read the project fact sheet Click Here.
Camp Hero Formerly Utilized Defense Site
Montauk, New York
October 24, 2019
PROPOSED PLAN - September 2019
REMEDIAL INVESTIGATIONS REPORT - Jan 2019
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Gregory Goepfert, Project Manager, at (917) 790-8235.