“The issue with the existing (state) law that we have, in order for us to issue an emergency permit, we have to have an imminent health threat,” he said.
The next step will be to create a management plan to find a long-term solution to flooding from beaver dams. Trapping beavers and knocking down dams will not solve the problem, Carleo said.
“When you kill the beavers off, because they are territorial creatures, new beavers will move into the area,” said Carleo, who said that the DPW will also be involved in finding a solution.
He said “pond levelers,” pipes that allow water to run through them but don’t allow beavers to detect the running water, might make a difference, but he said they do not work in all instances.
The trick is to find a balance whereby beavers can create a pond and live without flooding the neighborhood, Carleo said.
In addition to flooding, neighborhood residents complained about mosquitoes and murky water. One resident at the meeting complained of the stench from what he said was a rotting beaver corpse.
“Taking the beaver dam down didn’t solve everything,” Town Manager Wayne Marquis acknowledged at the meeting.
Selectmen plan to update residents on the issue at their first meeting in September.
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