Specifically, the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) believed that DeVries had, for some unknown reason, started to build wooden dams on a stream, and done so without a permit. [He] hadn’t built the dams. They were built by beavers.

[He] decided to have some fun with the DEQ, and wrote back:

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

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