By Marshall Brown


Save The Great South Bay’s Creek Defender Program launches on Earth Day April 22nd along The Carll’s River! Here’s a link:

Babylon High School, The Elementary School, The PTA, The Village of Babylon, The Town of Babylon, Seatuck, (, The I Love Long Island Campaign (, South Shore Paddle Boards, (, and a number of local civic groups and businesses will gather to help clean The Carll’s River. We must defend our creeks. We must stop polluting them with runoff, pesticides, and lawn fertilizers, and illegal dumping. In order to heal The Great South Bay, we need to heal the 31 creeks that flow from The South Shore into The Great South Bay.

We propose to accomplish this by organizing ten person teams of volunteers to go door to door in Babylon Village and along Carll’s River with information on The Creek Defender Program, on ecosafe lawn care and using native plantings, to proper stewardship of this river. Babylon’s efforts on Earth Day will become a model for how we address our other South Shore creeks.

9:00 -12:00 South Shore Paddle Boards will lead a clean up of the Sumpawams, starting at their store at 258 East Main Street. Click below to learn more about them.

12:00-1:00 Registration, Staging, Babylon Elementary School.   Click here for directions.

1:00 – 4:00 Creek Clean Up. Door-to-Door Campaign promoting ecofriendly lawns, local stewardship, taking the I Love Long Island Pledge to move away from pesticides and chemical fertilizers on our lawns and in our waters.

4:00-8:00 After Party at The American Legion Hall in Babylon, at 22 Grove Street. Live music from Willet’s Creek, featuring singer/songwriter John Kennedy.

Click for map / directions:


Kudos to Babylon for showing The South Shore the way, and for creating the model through which, creek by creek, we can bequeath a healthier bay to future generations!

If you’d like to participate, drop us a line!

 Below is an aerial tour of Carll’s River from the mouth of the bay to Southard’s Pond.