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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:29 PM   #1
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This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan.


This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you
get to the response letter.




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

Dear Mr. DeVries:

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 shows 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 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 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 stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no
later than January 31, 2003.


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 questions.
Sincerely, David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.


Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:
Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Montcalm County.


Dear Mr. Price,
Your certified letter dated 12/17/02 has been handed to me to respond to.
I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson,
Michigan.


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, authorize, nor
supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that
you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris." I
would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam
project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely
state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their resourcefulness, their ingenuity, their persistence, their determination and/or their work ethic.


As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must
first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of activity.


My first question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said
dam request?


If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through
the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those
other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will
see if there really is a 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.


I have several concerns. My first concern is; aren't the beavers entitled
to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute
and are unable to pay for said representation- so the State will have to
provide them with a lawyer. The Department's concern that either
one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing
flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department
is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond
Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them names.


If you want the stream "restored" to a free-flow condition please
contact the beavers-but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously
did not pay any attention to your letter, they being unable to read
English.


In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their
unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water
flows downstream. They have more rights than I do to live and enjoy
Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources
(Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).


So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this case can be
referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until
1/31/2003? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the ice then and there
will be no way for you or your staff to contact/harass them then.


In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real
environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears!
Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you
should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the 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 request, and being unable to contact
you on your answering machine, I am sending this response to your office.


THANK YOU. RYAN DEVRIES &THE BEAVERS


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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:33 PM   #2
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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:36 PM   #3
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funny as hell.. real? fake? who cares.. still hilarious.. wheres the follow-up from the state?!
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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:37 PM   #4
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Iv seen that before , just last week i got a letter in the mail from MPSC * truck cops *

One of my drivers was pulled over , there own letter says " there was NO truck violations "

The notice is because i havnt taken car of said violations , I circled the area that says NO VIOLTAIONS PRESNT and sent it back with a single line .

" What is it i didnt fix ? "
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Saw that posted a couple of years ago...laughed my ass of then, and now.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 09:02 PM   #6
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Bears do **** in the woods??
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Old November 7th, 2005, 09:06 PM   #7
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funny as hell.. real? fake? who cares.. still hilarious.. wheres the follow-up from the state?!
It's real http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/dammed.htm for more info
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Old November 7th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #8
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makes me proud to be from montcalm county.
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