Fanno's beaver deceiver lets the water flow


Jason Snider Pam Treece   Tigard Mayor Jason Snider and WEA Executive Director and Clean Water Services Board Member Pam Treece strapped on their mud boots recently to take a look at restoration efforts along Fanno Creek in Tigard's Englewood Park.
   The restoration contractors cut a notch in a large beaver dam on Fanno Creek (see video below).  
   They were lowering the water in order to inspect one of six beaver deceivers installed in the Greenway and Englewood Park area of Fanno Creek. 
  What is a beaver deceiver?
  It's a pipe that allows water to flow through a beaver dam at the bottom of the creek bed, and it's where beaver are less likely to notice it.
   Since 2004, Clean Water Services and the Tree For All partners have transformed more than seven miles of Fanno Creek streamside and 150 acres of greenways through streambank stabilization; riparian planting; and floodplain reconnection.

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   WEA member Kittelson & Associates is studying trail alternatives in the area, where natural flooding tends to occur.
  The City of Tigard, Clean Water Services, Washington County, the City of Beaverton, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District are jointly funding this study.
  For those concerned about the deconstruction of the beaver dam, those working on the project said the beavers will likely have the dam fully rebuilt within a week.
  Click the photo to the right to see a video of this interesting work.