This was emailed to me I was not able to add the pictures of the Dam but imagine a picture of a small river with a half built beaver dam across it.  Pretty funny what government thinks it needs to regulate

The Dam

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

of  Pennsylvania’s letter to Mr. DeVries:

File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20; Lycoming County

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 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania 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, 2007.

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 any 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.

David L.  Price
District Representative and Water Management  Division.

is  the actual response sent back by Mr.  DeVries:

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

Dear Mr.Price,

Your  certified letter dated 12/17/06 has been handed to me to respond to.   I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget  Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania.

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, 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 persistence, 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 first dam question to you  is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond  Beavers, or
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State  to conform to said dam request?

If you are not  discriminating against these particular 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 to 324.30113  of the Pennsylvania 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  Department’s 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 dam 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 are 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 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 its 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 be referred for  more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2007? 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 to 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 the defecating 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 dump!

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.