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Old 01-12-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Beaver Dams in Michigan State

Long but laughable if even remotely true:

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan . This guy's response is hilarious, but read The State's letter before you get to the response letter.

State of Michigan’s letter to Mr. DeVries:

SUBJECT: DEQ
File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20;

Dear Mr. DeVries;

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department’s files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act. Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, annotated.

The department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location. And to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2014.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions

Sincerely
David L Price
District Representative, Water Management Division


Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:


Re: DEQ File No 97-59-0023; T11N R10W, Sec 20;

Dear Mr. Price

Your certified letter dated 11/17/2013 has been handed to me. I am legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane, Trout Run, Michigan.

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood ‘debris’ dams across the out let stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials “debris”.

I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.



These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My questions to you are:
1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond beavers or
2) Do you require all beavers throughout the State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against my Spring Pond beavers through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act. Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several dam concerns. My first dam concern is, aren’t the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation….so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.

The Departments dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them names.

If you want the damed stream “restored” to a dam free-flow condition, please contact the beavers, but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and the water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to it’s name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers Dams)

So as far as the beavers and I are concerned this dam case can he referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2014? The Spring Pond beavers may be under the dam ice by then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality, health problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your dam step! The bears are not careful where they poop.

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

Thank you
Ryan DeVries and the Dam Beavers.


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Old 01-12-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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I had heard of this. Wonder if they're going to leave him and his dam beavers alone.
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I have some of those same dam beavers in my dam pond. Wonder if I will have trouble with the dam inspector?
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:09 PM   #4
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When I was a kid growing up in Saskatchewan I used to sit on top of the creek bank well above the water and watch these industries animals by the hour.

In 2007 I put out a geocache dedicated to them along with a series of ones dedicated to other animals resident in our area. See: http://coord.info/GC11MH3

Their dams created swimming holes and deep enough water to not freeze to the creek bed in winter which enabled us to cut holes in the ice to water our cattle.

You either hate them or love them, either way you have to admire them.


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Old 01-12-2014, 02:30 PM   #5
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This actually happened in 2009 and has been floating around the internet ever since, but it is still funny.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:29 AM   #6
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What would you expect from a state that has this:



Yes, the sign is in Michigan on I-75 and the exit number is correct.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
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I read somewhere that it was true! Thanks for posting! Lol
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Quote:
quote:Originally posted by halfwright

This actually happened in 2009 and has been floating around the internet ever since, but it is still funny.
2009 was another variant of the true story, from 1997.

http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/dammed.asp
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