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I recieved this from a friend of mine enjoy:

This is a genuine hoot. It was an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan Devries by the Michigan Department of Environmental Control, State of Michigan. Wait till you read this guys response, but read the letter before you get to the response.

Mr. Ryan Devries,


Subject: Deq file No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, sec. 20;
Montcalm 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 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 Michigan 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 and from stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2002.
Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so taht a follwup inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or anyfurther unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being reffered for elevated enforcement action.
We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter, please feel free to contact ne at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerily, David L. Price
Disrtict Representative Land and Water Managent Division

**********This is the actual response sent back************

Dear Mr. Price,
RE: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec 20;
Montcalm Count.
Your certified letter dated 12/17/01 has been handed to me to respond to.
First of all, Mr Devries is not the legal Landowner and/or Contractor at ********. I am the and a couple of veavers are in the process of of constructingand 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 or any place you choose. I believe I can safely say that their is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam persistence, theirdetermination and/or their dam work ethic.
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 disciminate against ny Spring Pond Beavers? or (2) do you require all beavers throughout this state to conform to said request?
If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request complete 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 Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, Annotated.
I have several concerns. My first concern is - arent 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 occurance, which the Department is required to protect.
In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names. If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please contact he 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 the 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 I am concerned, this dam case can be reffered for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2002? 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 then.
In conclusion, I would like to bring your attention to a real environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in the woods. I definitly believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the 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.

Stephen L. Tvedten
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