After recent rain and snow events here in the Northwest, once again there are articles bouncing around about beavers.
This time news is good here on Whidbey, no dead beavers, no road blowouts, things appear to be working well. Though the county did step in to start pumping operations as the water level rose at the site of last spring’s problems.
An article about this; County mans the pumps as water backs up behind failed culvert on Glendale Creek appeared in the South Whidbey Record Jan 8, 2011.
There it was found by my friends at Worth A Dam in Martinez, California, who are way ahead of us here in Island County, in helping residents understand the benefit of beavers in the watershed. Here on Whidbey, many people still don’t have a clue and write things like: “Until the beaver problem is solved …” in the comment stream. One can only make an educated guess as to what that writer considers a solution.
To help us find something a bit more humane, Heidi Perryman of Worth A Dam sent me a copy of Working with Beaver for Better Habitat Naturally a beautiful publication put out by the Grand Canyon Trust. This 20 page booklet includes helpful hints for working and living with beavers. I’m sending it on to the Island County Public Works Department and to the local organizations that work on issues touching on these important animals. Here’s hoping it helps them find not a solution, but a system.
Like maybe start talking about the gorilla in the room – that all owners of developed property up slope from the beaver pond, and throughout the Glendale Creek Watershed (and in fact, in all our watersheds) need to deal with stormwater runoff on their own land rather than let it roll on down the hill to Glendale.