Those Dam Beavers!
August 9, 2012 10:59 PM Subscribe
posted by the man of twists and turns (38 comments total)
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In December of 1997, a Michigan man received a letter from the Department of Environmental Quality informing him that he was prohibited from the '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 show that no permits have been issued. .... The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams 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 unauthorized 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 strewn channel.'
He replied: 'Regarding Your Dam Complaint.'The original letter
, hosted on Mr. Tvedten's site. Of course, it didn't stop there
. And various overlapping state and local authorities ensure that wasn't the last time
the dam beavers were an issue ...
One blogger runs down
the development and changes to the letters made, like a game of 'chinese whispers' or 'telephone.'