Bayview residents have a dam problem

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Images taken from the creek in Bayview of the issues the local Beaver family is causing, July 12, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

When you open a door, or window near West Davignon Creek in Bayview, the first thing that hits you is a smell.

Images taken from the creek in Bayview of the issues the local Beaver family is causing, July 12, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

The smell of dried up wetland now pervades the area where, in the 11 years Ricky Rogers has lived in the area, there has always been flowing water and he has identified the cause of the cessation.

A series of beaver dams starting just north of Young street have brought the normally flowing creek to a halt, according to Rogers.  This has Ricky and others concerned.

“This is where the creeks meet for the fish to go back to the lake. They come up here, they spawn and then they go back to the lake when they hatch, right now they can’t do that,” said Rogers. “I’ve called the MNR twice and haven’t received a response, I knocked a 7 foot by 2 foot hole in it a few days ago, but they have already started patching it up.”

Images taken from the creek in Bayview of the issues the local Beaver family is causing, July 12, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

According to newscientist.com “the reason they (beavers) build dams is to create deep water that gives them protection from predators. They live in dome-shaped constructions called beaver lodges within the ponds that can only be accessed by underwater entrances. Inside, they are safe from threats such as bears and wolves. They can also store food inside and keep warm in winter.”

Rogers is also worried about erosion in and around the creek. It is obvious the beavers are taking down many of the small trees in the area and using them for their water engineering program.

Images taken from the creek in Bayview of the issues the local Beaver family is causing, July 12, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

The one other thing you notice when you go near the area is that it is the perfect breeding ground for the local mosquito population. APH always suggests you remove stagnant water from the area in which you live, and now, the water south of Younge Street, normally flowing, is just sitting there.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I like beaver tails. Beavers can do much damage on farms with creeks running through. Tear them out Rick. I don’t care too much for Justin…..Ron

  2. But the city will have to do at least 4 studies about the problem, hire a consultant from Toronto that has never seen a real beaver in his life, and then consult with the board of works who will also have to do a study about how to dismantle the dams in an environtly friendly manner so as to not to disturb the beavers that are living there. Then they will have to commission a contract with a totally out of town company to do the work, all while the board of works people that should have taken care of it in the first place stand around and watch the work being done…Just the way this ‘Burg operates…

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