Sampawams Creek isn't the only South Shore stream to be dumped on ["Dumping near wetlands," News, May 20]. It's one of more than 100 streams that have been severely affected since their formation thousands of years ago. Many streams now flow through concrete conduits below roads, parking lots and buildings. Out of sight, out of mind.

Most of these streams have been dammed, filled, polluted or clogged with nonnative vegetation. Our forebears depended on them for food and water.

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Sampawams Creek is several miles long and separates the towns of Babylon and Islip. There are only a few places where the public can see it. It is an all-but-forgotten resource brought into the public eye only because of yet another abuse heaped on it.

Within a half-mile west, the Carlls River is almost entirely preserved by a greenbelt. Planners allowed building of houses right on the banks of Sampawams, when it should have remained a resource for us all.

Tom Stock, Babylon