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Exeter having trouble with beaver dams

July 5, 2013

Exeter having trouble with beaver dams

EXETER—On Monday evening, the town council went though a short agenda, addressing one of the more unique public safety issues that the town faces every year. During the early summer months, beavers flock to Exeter’s waterways, building dams and blocking flow.

“Whatever waterway we have, they plug it up with their dams,” said Department of Public Works Director Steve Mattschek. “[The damming] contributes to flooding, soil erosion, and saturation around the culverts.”
“They will build a dam in a matter of overnight, so we have to keep on it two days a week in at least six different locations.”
Mattschek noted that the town has screens at the openings of the town’s which are used to remove the dam structures, but he emphasized that it is a time consuming process.
“It takes an hour to clean the screens, and unfortunately we don’t have enough,” said Mattschek. “We stay on it, but the most difficult part is dealing with the private landowners when [the beaver dams] block on private properties and backup on the town roads.”
During the open portion of the meeting, resident Rodney Santos reiterated his opposition to the town’s resolution to have the Attorney General’s Office approve concealed weapons permits for the Town of Exeter.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the July 4 issue of the Standard Times.

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