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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Beaver news

Wildlife officials are celebrating the sighting of a beaver in the Detroit River for the first time in decades, signaling that efforts to clean up the waterway are paying off.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a beaver lodge has been discovered in an intake canal at a Detroit Edison riverfront plant. Officials believe the beaver spotted by the utility's motion-sensitive camera marks the animal's return to the river for the first time in at least 75 years.

Please join Kathi Beratan, Chair of ECWA's Water Quality Committee, for a stormwater walk on Sunday, February 22nd at 2:00 PM. She'll lead us around one of Durham's hidden natural spots: the beaver pond/wetland site behind Compare Foods (located a half block east of E. Club and Roxboro, at 2000 Avondale Drive). Kathi's a great speaker and passionate about stormwater and its impact on Ellerbe Creek. She'll also touch on other interesting aspects of the site such as invasive plants, birds, beaver dams, and the beaver lodge that's situated in the middle of the pond.

We'll meet in the parking lot behind Compare Foods and next to the pond. Note that the paths around the pond are a bit rough, and the stems and roots of poison ivy will be present in some places. You'll want to wear long pants and sleeves, as well as sturdy, closed shoes.

For some info about ECWA's stormwater related projects, go to, and click on the "Water Quality" link in the menu on the left side of the page.

Timely, i think, in light of this recent report at BCR. I also wonder if anyone in our local government/development community has read this thought provoking article?

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  • If you've never been to the beaver wetland behind the old KMart you will be in for quite a shock. Tucked behind a strip mall, near I-85 is a beautiful pond surrounded by trees, filled with birds and turtles. Kathi will point out the good that comes from maintaining a wetland for stormwater mitigation and the bad of this urban jewel - much of the vegetation is non native and Ellerbe Creek (which the beaver wetland empties into) is severely eroded due to poor stormwater management practices that date back over 50 years to when Ellerbe Creek was channelized by the Army Corps of Engineers. It should be an educational and enjoyable walk.

    By Blogger Diana, at 4:15 PM  

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