Earth Matters: Are beavers to blame for flooding damage? – GazetteNET

On July 17, intense rains after a quantity of moist weeks overwhelmed a 70-yr-previous beaver da…….

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  • On July 17, intense rains after a quantity of moist weeks overwhelmed a 70-yr-previous beaver dam in Herman Covey Wildlife Administration Space in Belchertown (foreground). Floodwaters rushed Proper into a second beaver pond (greater right), the place the flood wave was largely captured and attenuated. CONTRIBUTED/CHRISTINE HATCH

  • Inside the Herman Covey Wildlife Administration Space in Belchertown, beavers’ engineering types An factor of a pure cycle from pond to moistland, to meadow, to woodenlands. CONTRIBUTED/CHRISTINE HATCH

  • Chewed wooden marks The earlier location of a 70-yr-previous beaver dam in Herman Covey Wildlife Administration Space in Belchertown that failed and drained all of a sudden on July 17, after intense rains. CONTRIBUTED/CHRISTINE HATCH

  • Rep. Jacob R. Olivera, kneeling, Sen. Eric P. Lesser, Conservation Fee Administrator Erica Larner, and Jen Turner, the chair of the choose board in Belchertown, look over the damage on July 21 Launched on by the flooding on East Road in Belchertown on July 18. Staff Photograph/CAROL LOLLIS