Really? Landfill Owner, and DEC says Beaver Dams Caused Landfill's Dead Trees?
April 13, 2017
This portion of the landfill owner's sworn deposition caught my attention. Landfill owner is describing what he believes is the reason why all the trees have died along the back portion of his property/Landfill. That he witnessed the water table rising in the wetlands, because of a beaver dam down stream? He explains that the water rising in 2012 (at the same time tractor trailers dumped tons of illegally transported debris into the waters) was from beaver dams way downstream, and is what killed the trees only along his property. Which happens to be where the illegal toxic debris from Hurricane Sandy, is now the banks of these protected waters. If the water rising was due to beaver dams far downstream, it seems amazing to me that the trees died only where the illegal debris was dumped, creating new banks of our waters. Those are some very strategic beavers, to create a dam that kills only the trees on the landfill property, and nowhere else! I'm not a professional, but it would seem if someone were to dump tons of debris into a body of water, creating new banks farther into the waters, you're bound to have some water rising. Had the water risen and killed trees, the tree kills would have happened all around the wetlands area, not just to the trees with the illegal debris dumped around them. I have personally shown a gentleman (a biologist) the affected trees, and after seeing photos of the trees up close he denies those trees died from rising waters. Whatever killed these trees, it shows the bark stripping from them, and then continuing to eat into the tree, slivering off the wood. Even some neighboring trees, on Martin's property with large black burn marks. The trees around this landfill have died, even those up on the landfill property away from any rising waters, but exposed to the hazardous activity of illegal dumping. It's slightly embarrassing to admit that our professional agencies, sworn to protect the residents and environment, actually created this ridiculous excuse themselves. Our NY State Department of Environmental Conservation's best attempt to explain the damage done to the area of "protected waters" is . . . a beaver dam! Surely it couldn't be the toxic landfill?