I was going to ask this question on a duck hunting forum, but the people over there come across as mean and rude, so i will see if any of the nice, helpful people on here have any ideas about my project/ idea.
On my property i have a very large creek, and in the past, the beavers had build dams that caused it to flood out. For me, this is a positive thing because i love to duck hunt, and these types of swamps hold tons of wood ducks and Canada geese. I just bought the property in January of 2017 and from older aerial shots, the creek flooded about a 10 acres area, of which i own about 5-7 acres.
Fast forward to since i've owned it, and now it is only flooded in about 1 acre. I'm not sure about this, but i think when hurricane Matthew hit us, it busted up a bunch of the beaver dams. I was hoping the beavers would rebuild them, but i have not seen any beaver activity since ive owned it.
So the question i have is, what can i legally do to get this area to flood out again? I know it can be highly illegal to mess with a water way. I did talk to our local game warden and he told me that i could try to block up the small run offs from the main creek because they are not part of the main body of water, but he wasn't sure and i don't want the EPA bothering me.
The creek does narrow down to a spot that runs under the road where there are three pipes going under the road. The best thing i thought about was seeing if the proper authorities would let me build a flash board riser so that i could regulate the level of water. I don't know that i could, even if they would allow me to do that, because the pipes are huge.
I tried loading a screen shot of the area i am talking about, but could not figure out how to load it on here.
Anyway, i hope this makes sense. I have no idea if i will ever be able to do this, or just have to hope that the beaver return and do it for me. I have thought about live trapping some beavers and dumping them in my swamp.
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated! Thanks!