Upland freshwater marsh, a stream, a pond, woods and one macadam road running through it. Everyone in town knows the Brook Street Preserve. At first glance, it looks idyllic, beautiful even, and it is.
You have to slow down and look a little closer before you see the mess.
As with any out-of-the-way wooded area in a busy suburb, the Suffolk County owned Brook Street preserve is a litter magnet.
It requires constant attention to keep clean. Brook Street has been the focus of Keep Islip Clean sponsored cleanup efforts for decades. Year in and year out, Spring and Fall, the cleanups continue. The Middle School ‘KIC’ team is the sponsor. There are lots of volunteers, official and unofficial. I pick at it throughout the year.
The cleanup date is April 18th, a Saturday, and I’m planning to join in. I’m also trying to drum up some more volunteers from the neighborhood to show up. This is not an easy thing to do, since Saturday mornings are busy times for all of us. But there are always the few reliable volunteers who come out for most of the cleanups, and you often get a neighbor or two who pop in to help. There are seldom a huge group of volunteers showing up, but in my experience there are always enough.