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Man Receives Letter From The Department Of Environmental Quality, And His Response Is Hilarious


Many homeowners like to spruce up their house. Whether through some intricate interior design or through some external gardening, most people want to transform their home into something that is personal and unique to them. While some prefer beds of flowers and birdbaths everywhere, others might prefer a giant trampoline in the backyard.

However, this one homeowner received a letter in the mail forbidding him from completing his construction. The story was sent by a user to the website

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A letter was sent to a man by the name of Ryan DeVries who lives in the State of Pennsylvania. The letter was in regards to ‘a pond on his property.’

In the letter, Ryan was cited for the ‘construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.’

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, Ryan had illegally constructed several ‘wooden dams’ that would create blockages during times of heavy rain.

As stated in the letter: ‘the Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.’


It went on to talk about the dangers inherent in constructing a permit-less dam: ‘we find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted.’

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As a result, Ryan was given 2 weeks to revert the process of this construction and remove the dams.

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However, Ryan decided to send a letter back to the Department in order to plead his case.

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In his return document, Ryan informed the Department that although he is the ‘legal landowner’ of the property, he is not responsible for the construction.

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‘A couple of beavers are in the process of constructing and maintaining two wood ‘debris’ dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond.’


‘While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project. I think they would be highly offended that you call their skill[ful] use of nature’s building materials ‘debris.’’


Ryan goes on to defend the Beavers by saying that they lack legal representation and that they deserve the right to ‘a dam lawyer.’

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He continued, saying that the beavers should be the least of the Department’s worries and that they should instead focus on the bears who have been pooping everywhere.



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