On my way over to Meadowbrook Apartments this morning, I was going down Barrett Street and I caught a glimpse of a major public works project. Defying past trapping operations, stay-away orders and city attempts to tunnel in and destroy their dams, the beavers have returned to the marsh and have built a truly impressive dam across Barrett Brook less than a hundred feet upstream from Barrett Street. Nearby is a large lodge five or six feet high. The dam has created a fairly extensive lake.
Radically mixed feelings, of course. If I lived in Coachlight Condominiums, I wouldn't love this development, but you gotta admire these hard-working wily guys doing all this without any tax payer dollars or property deeds, defying the Conservation Commission, Wayne Feiden and the Department of Public Works.