cheap authentic soccer jerseys from china Beavers causing DAMage in Bristol
BRISTOL Dam(n) it: The phrase describes the beavers’ instincts to build, and with the added ‘n,’ area residents’ reaction to the problems that the large rodents’ work causes in the Dutch Gap Canal.
The dams, removed for decades by residents, were identified at the Bristol Village Board meeting this week as a factor contributing to flooding in the Lake George area.
“We’ve got to get someone out here to trap them,
” resident Scott Shannon, said. “It’s a friggin’ nightmare. I’ve taken probably 100 dams out with my (backhoe).”
It is not only a problem in Bristol. Residents in Paddock Lake and Wheatland have also experienced the damage beavers can cause. Longtime residents in all three communities said the beaver population is on the rise.
“Tenfold,” Shannon said. “This is just wearing me out.”
Marty Johnson, wildlife biologist with the State Department of Natural Resources, confirmed that the beaver population is increasing.
“There are more beavers out there,
” Johnson said. “The trapping presence over time has lessened, so the population is on the uptick. Fish and Wildlife Service to blow up dams in the public hunting grounds in Wheatland. He said beaver activity at Richard Bong State Recreation Area has increased as well.
Paddock Lake administrator Tim Popanda said beaver were causing problems in the canal that leads to the lake a couple of years ago.
There, the village obtained permission from the DNR to trap beaver on DNR property out of season.
Bristol trustee Carolyn Owens said this week she would only be in favor of trapping if the beaver are relocated.
However, according to information on the DNR website, relocating beaver can be less humane if they are not released in an appropriate habitat with enough time to store food for winter. Fish and Wildlife Service rounds up geese in neighboring communities and harvests them because they are a nuisance. Those who support trapping the beavers claim beavers do more damage than geese.
The DNR website also offers suggestions,
such as putting culvert pipes through the dams, to help mitigate the problems.
One such system, called the Clemson Beaver Pond Leveler, was developed at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Made mostly from PVC pipe, it allows water to flow through a beaver dam or plugged culvert.
Shannon said if several dams had not been taken out prior to the July 11 rain event,
he believes the flooding in the Lake George area would have been far worse.
Bristol Village Administrator Randy Kerkman said there are about 10 homes that have experienced flooding at times. During heavy rain, 192nd and 191st street also get covered with water.
“We are trying to figure out if there is something we can do to minimize it,” Kerkman said.
To that end, the Village Board approved spending $17,600 for an engineering study by Strand Associates to determine how water flows in the neighborhood and identify possible solutions. The study will assume beavers will continue to occupy the Dutch Gap Canal.
How can I remove a dam?
Blasting All blasters in Wisconsin must be licensed. To obtain a list of licensed blasters contact the Department of Commerce,
Safety and Buildings Division in Madison at (608) 261 8500.
Dismantle Tear them out using hand tools or a backhoe. This is quite difficult and time consuming and is usually not as complete a removal as blasting.
Is there an alternative to removing a dam?
Water levels in beaver ponds can be regulated with culvert pipes that go through the dam.
Do I need a permit to remove a dam from a neighbor’s land?
No permit is needed to remove a dam on neighboring land if it is flooding your land. This is not trespassing. However, the DNR maintains it is good practice to seek consent and permission from the neighbor.