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Beavers Create Dam Mess at The Highlands

April 20, 2013
By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

TRIADELPHIA - A recent inspection of a stormwater runoff pond at The Highlands revealed some beavers are making a home there and apparently are hindering the pond's ability to do its job.

During a recent Ohio County Development Authority meeting, Administrator Greg Stewart, who also serves at the authority's treasurer/secretary, said the authority has been working on reducing the number of outstanding state environmental permits at the site.

"We do have an issue with beavers on one of the ponds ... we do have five or six ponds in that valley. That's become an issue. We'll have to address that this summer when it's good and dry," Stewart said, noting a beaver dam will have to be removed.

He said the ponds are inspected regularly by state officials, who discovered the beavers were building a dam. It started out small, but it is getting larger.

The beavers' home pond, along with the others, are situated in a valley beside an undeveloped portion of the site. From an Interstate 70 perspective, the pond is located somewhere behind an old, dilapidated barn off the westbound lanes of I-70.

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