December 17, 1997


Mr. Ryan DeVries 2088 Dagget Pierson, MI 49339

Dear Mr. DeVries:
SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023-1 T11N, R10W, Sec. 20, Montcalm

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's files show 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 dams
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 unauthorized activities at
this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by
removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All
restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 1998.
Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so
that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.

Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized
activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for elevated
enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full
cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any


David L. Price
District Representative Land and Water Management Division

----------------The Reply--------------

Dear Mr. Price:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to
respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people,
but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have
to send them a copy of my response.

First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or
contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan - I am the legal
owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of
constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream
of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize their dam
project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use
of natural building materials "debris". I would like to challenge you to
attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you
I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match
their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their
dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit
prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question
to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers
or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to
said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular
beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable
beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam 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.
My first concern is - aren't the dam beavers entitled to dam legal
representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are
unable to pay for said dam 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 dam flooding is proof we
should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing
them and calling their dam names. If you want the dam stream "restored"
to a dam free-flow condition - contact the dam beavers - but if you are
going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to
your dam letter -- being unable to read English) - be sure you read them
their dam Miranda first. As for me, I am not going to cause more dam
flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders.
If you want to hurt these dam beavers - be aware I am sending a copy
of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department
seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly
will not permit their existence in this dam State - I seriously hope
you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy - or once again
both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to
build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the
grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam right
than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers
are concerned, this am case can be referred for more dam elevated
enforcement action now. Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond
Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam
way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real
environmental quality (health) problem; bears are actually
defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the
defecating bears and leave the dam 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
xc: PETA