Government regulations and nature do not always agree, though the intention of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality was no doubt trying to err on the side of right; however, they didn’t quite understand who they were dealing with when they confronted resident Stephen Tvedten about the illegal dams being constructed on his property.
When Tvedten was informed he must remove the “inherently hazardous” dams, he eagerly gave voice to the builders’ concerns and consternation in a most amusing, but ultimately effective, way.
Here’s a sample courtesy of Letters of Note:
… I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood “debris” dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials “debris”. I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.
As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. 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 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated…
Full story at Letters of Note.
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