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Old 10-23-09, 12:53 PM
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This funny story is from other Forum. I am not the author, just copying it, for fun


This 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.


SUBJECT: DEQ 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, 2006.

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.

Sincerely,

David L. Price

District Representative and Water Management Division.


Here 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 12/17/02 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 thePennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)

I have several concerns. My first 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 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 being 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 1/31/2006? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice 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 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.

THANK YOU,

RYAN DEVRIES

& THE DAM BEAVERS
 
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Old 10-23-09, 01:16 PM
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And before anyone asks...yeah..that's pretty much true...

snopes.com: Beaver Dam Letter


I think I actually remember something in RD about this...
 
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That's the DAMEST letter I ever saw----------
 
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You'd think the dept. would have sent out an inspection person or team to first access before sending out this rather threatening letter.

If any sizeable branches, or trunks, rather than simple gathered twigs, were used, - you'd think anyone of any knowledge in that said division - and considering the property location and possible other known activity along that outlet - would have recognized the work of (a) beaver(s).

That is the FIRST thing that would have come to my mind. Not the last thing. And I do not even work in that field. I just live in an area that has wildlife, including beavers.

And any neighbor who finked should have known if beavers were in that area and there doing this, also.

And by chance this is true, the accusations might be true also, as maybe the landowner thought it was neat having this impoundment, and 'piled on', thinking nobody could prove it.....like maybe he even wore gloves.

Also, a rather convenient subject how this letter cleverly gives the author the abiltiy to give the word "dam" that double entendre, throughout his rebutting letter.

And again, if this is a true story, someone in that dept. needs to be fired. Probably earning big money and bennies, drinking coffee and eating dounuts and party cake all day in luxury airconditioned office suite, with hands never getting dirty.
 
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"you'd think anyone of any knowledge in that said division - and considering the property location and possible other known activity along that outlet - would have recognized the work of (a) beaver(s)."

But I thought intelligence wasn't a prerequisite for a gov't job


Pretty funny story! my wife was in another room and wanted to know what was so funny - got her laughing too.
 
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But is it funny, true?......or another one of those funny, fake ones? There are things very wrong here, and convenient(The way with this story one can say "dam") about this story, if true.

And wouldn't have that guy been afraid, after writing such a letter to the govt. officials?, that he would no less be put on an IRS watch list or cops watch list, jury duty, or something?, to get even with his wiseness?
 
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