Northwest NEWS

November 1, 1999


Advice for creek property owners

   A suggestion to creek property owners who find themselves faced with the dilemma of dealing with a beaver dam(s)...

   It is more creek-friendly to keep a small section of the dam open all the time, rather than opening the entire dam at one time.

   The up-creek side of the dam is packed with an enormous quantity of mud, which, when disturbed on a large scale, allows all the mud to flow with great force downstream for a substantial distance, leaving several inches of silt as it settles, which is detrimental to all creek life, such as mussels, fish gills, fish spawning grounds, etc.

   This is something to consider, especially now, during the spawning season.

The Verschuyl family, Bear Creek