The Carlls River Environmental
Group (CREG) is a non-profit now being established in collaboration with Seatuck
Environmental Association (www.seatuck.org).
The Carlls, the fourth largest river system on Long Island, is a
place of life, respite and learning, used by community members for a variety of
pursuits which enrich their lives daily. Now it’s our turn to enrich the
Carlls and its surrounding land for future generations.
A primary focus at CREG is helping
young people get to know the treasure of the natural environment right in their
back yard. With more than 30 schools on the Carlls watershed, CREG supports
youth learning through neighborhood outdoor exploration.
In concert with the Seatuck,
CREGs initial activities will center on a biodiversity survey which will
result in a guide to the natural resources of the watershed – flowers and
trees, bird life and fish, and many other elements of the woods and riverbanks.
Our vision is to awaken the
connection between us and the world just outside the door. We will examine the
river’s health, the qualities which make it an irreplaceable resource and
determine what CREG can best do to preserve and enhance the river’s place in
Whether you are in the headwaters
of the Carlls in Dix Hills, Wheatley Heights, Deer Park and Wyandanch, or down
river in North Babylon or Babylon Village with the river delta, including
Fosters Creek, leading to Great South Bay, this is your river, a spring and
rain-fed fresh water resource teeming with life and carrying the potential for
an even greater biodiversity which will only improve our environment.