Here we are at Year Three for Babylon, where the Creek Defender Program all began. Babylon Village is a tight knit community, as are most of the villages that dot The South Shore. Babylon is also graced with Carll’s River, which via Southard’s Pond and Argyle Lake, flows through the community’s center.
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Here’s Carll’s River. Click on image below to see an interactive map.
The Town and the Village have spent a lot of effort improving the river’s watershed, whether through sewering, through installing filter systems in 96 outfall pipes, through buying up and protecting local wetlands, or through regular clean ups. Rich Groh and his team at The Town of Babylon have for decades been deeply committed to their local waters and wild places. Save The Great South Bay is grateful to be working with a community so passionately committed to local stewardship. Village Mayor Ralph Scordino and Skip Gardner, who heads The Public Works Department, have each been great supporters of our efforts.
In addition, we are fortunate to be sponsored this year by York Analytical Laboratories, specializing in air, water, and soil testing, Middleton Environmental, which performs environmental site assessments and who is contributing our new swamp forest, Long Island Natives, who is once again generously donating native plantings, the Babylon K-6 PTA, Downstream Outfitters, Railroad Bagel, and for the afterparty, Lily Flanagan’s.
Here is what we did last year: Along with removing 39 tires and collecting 100 bags of trash, we planted a swamp forest:
From October 2018:
For this year, we will again be planting a swamp forest, this time right on Park Street where Carll’s River flows under on its way south to Argyle Lake. At the same time, we will be looking at some serious issues far north:
Please join us to help heal this river and the bay! See you all Saturday!
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