Tigard residents, city at odds over beaver dam

Tigard residents, city at odds over beaver dam

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by Art Edwards and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on August 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 1 at 10:09 AM

TIGARD, Ore. -- People in one Tigard neighborhood are fighting the city to keep a beaver dam in place.

The dam is on Summer Creek, right near Southwest 121st and Merestone Court. The city removed it once, but the beavers returned and rebuilt it.

Craig Brown’s parents live right on the creek and say when they bought their house it was like waterfront property. Now the water has receded.

“(They) bought it because it was waterfront property. Now we’re concerned the value has dropped immensely," he said.

The City of Tigard decided to remove the dam because of concerns about debris getting into the nearby culvert.

"It got to the point where we made a call. It did not look like the beavers would repair it and we didn’t want debris to plug up the culverts," Assistant Public Works Director Brian Rager said.

Rager said the city still believes the dam needs to be moved once again, but this time they’ll work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop a plan for the move.

He also said the city would work more closely with the neighbors here to let them know what’s going on.

It’s likely nothing will happen with the dam until next spring.

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