The Original Civil Engineers: Beavers!

The students at Paradise Creek Regional High School in Moscow recently came across a series of beaver dams just down stream of their IDAH2O monitoring site in Paradise Creek! Note: Paradise Creek goes right through the center of Moscow!  It is really amazing how much a little beaver or two can change the watershed and add wetlands.  The finding of these dams have prompted several students to investigate and study how these dams have impacted the stream chemistry, such as clarity, DO, temperature, nitrates, bacteria and chlorates, but also the benthic macroinvertebrates.  Since Paradise Creek is affected by its urban location, the students are proposing using water & biotic samples from its headwaters (about 5 miles north of town) as baseline data for the beaver study.

To see how you think the beavers and their dams will the watershed, please take the poll below! 

One of several dams on Paradise Creek.

This is a typical dam found in Paradise Creek. Its a bit smaller and muddier than the one below. This photo was taken on 10/3/2014.

One of several dams on Paradise Creek.

One of the larger beaver dams on Paradise Creek. There is a lot of water being held back there! This photo was taken on 10/3/2014.

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