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    Beavers causing flooding

    We have a pond with beavers there is a 24 inch drainpipe under the road approx 24 to 30 ft long it was plugged , causing the pond to overflow and flood the road! Managed to clear the blockage and the pond water level dropped to just above the top of the pipe and now the pipe is plugged solid . If I put a new pipe in any suggestions on keeping it clear . The road is just a walking trail TIA

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    Welll....... around my area there is a local term for how you "fix" this this sort of thing. It's called "The Three S's".

    S number 1: Shoot it
    S number 2: Shovel it... into a deep hole
    S number 3: Shut up about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Welll....... around my area there is a local term for how you "fix" this this sort of thing. It's called "The Three S's".

    S number 1: Shoot it
    S number 2: Shovel it... into a deep hole
    S number 3: Shut up about it.
    It’s finding them !!
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    Flood control

    In the Adirondacks, the local town highway crew placed large rocks/boulders in a semi-circle (spillway) around the culvert opening. They also drove rebar spaced 6-8” vertically across the mouth of the culvert opening.


    Beavers build their dam on the spillway; the overflow still goes through culvert. The dam is easier to remove from the spillway, and avoids plugging of the culvert.


    They also put in a smaller culvert, higher and some distance from the main culvert for overflow.


    The only real solution is to eliminate the beavers. The value of beaver pelts is low, but trappers get permits to trap them periodically.
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    You could try this
    Beaver Dam Pipes | Beaver Instituteâ„¢

    Or do like I do... shoot em with #2 shotgun shells. It's really easy. Wait till an 1hr after dark and shine a spotlight into the water in the in the same spot for a while. Don't shine it around. The beaver will come in to check it out and only the head will really be out of the water. Hence the shotgun. Trying to shoot a small moving head on water at night with a rifle is tough and dangerous. Don't try to shoot the body. Even though it's only 2-3 inches of water, it will/can stop the bullet from hitting the body.

    I take out at least one a yr in my pond. Suckers come down the creek and try to take home. Not on my watch.
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    We had a particularly annoying and destructive family of beavers a few years ago. Staked out their favorite dam site with night vision goggles and an infrared laser on an AR15. Problem solved.
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    We had a problem with them, ended up flooding our potato field, one of our hay fields and another field that my wife's uncle's farm uses. There is only one long term fix, eliminate the beaver population, we ended up getting a permit, once the beavers were trapped out we destroyed the dams. Now the fella that trapped them comes back once a month looking for signs and traps them out before they can construct a new dam. Now sure what your laws are, but around here they are somewhat protected and require a nuisance permit, doesn't say we have to trap them, but does have rules for destroying the dam, which we followed (sort of).
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    We had a problem with them, ended up flooding our potato field, one of our hay fields and another field that my wife's uncle's farm uses. There is only one long term fix, eliminate the beaver population, we ended up getting a permit, once the beavers were trapped out we destroyed the dams. Now the fella that trapped them comes back once a month looking for signs and traps them out before they can construct a new dam. Now sure what your laws are, but around here they are somewhat protected and require a nuisance permit, doesn't say we have to trap them, but does have rules for destroying the dam, which we followed (sort of).
    Going to check with the forest rangers

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    The sound of flowing water

    There was an interesting story on NPR a while ago about research on how beavers "know" to build/repair. It has been linked to the sound of flowing water. Some park service up north now plays the sound of flowing water in an area where there are no leaks. The beavers keep adding material but the water level remains the same. So, the lakes in the parks keep flowing into streams as normal and the beavers are busy building big brush piles. And, the trails in the park remain dry.

    If one can place a pipe through the dam underwater so no sound is generated, they won't try to "plug it up" or at least that's what the researchers claim.

    Here's a link to the original research from back in the last century: The Sound of Running Water Puts Beavers in the Mood to Build | Mental Floss
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAllen View Post
    Here's a link to the original research from back in the last century: The Sound of Running Water Puts Beavers in the Mood to Build | Mental Floss
    Interesting. It’s a lot easier just to shoot ‘em.
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