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Letter: Remove dams, restore wetlands

Jack Denning, 10 yrs old of West Islip,

Jack Denning, 10 yrs old of West Islip, swinging in his backyard over Deer Lake during a gorgeous sunset. Photo Credit: Laura Denning

Hawley Lake Dam, on Montauk Highway between Islip and Babylon towns, would make a great candidate for removal [“In hot water,” News, Dec. 29]. The dam lies between the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 231.

Long ago, a grist mill was a necessary part of a community. Removing the dam would allow alewives to return and wetland habitats to recover.

Deer Lake is another candidate. It was a large wetland. Now it is a large mudhole.

These two dams and the lakes behind them would make excellent testing ground for the dozens of other creeks on the South Shore. We need to allow wetlands to regenerate.

Tom Stock, Babylon