Beaver Report

Here is a link to the complete Beaver Report.  You can read the report summary below.

Summary
The Ballston Lake Improvement Association is a voluntary group of residents dedicated
to addressing lake and life quality issues for Ballston Lake landowners. Increasing lake
levels and shore owner vegetation destruction, due, in part, from an exploding beaver
population has prompted BLIA to address beaver management. Historically, the beaver
population has been small, and the BLIA has obtained landowner and DEC permissions
in the outlet area (Ballston Creek) to destroy beaver dams contributing to high lake
levels. Despite this effort, shore owners report a continued steady increase in mean and
peak water levels, and a reduction in the rate of receding levels after significant storm
events. In recent years, beaver activity has increased the size and number of dams, and
resulted in near instantaneous dam rebuilding, rendering BLIA removal activity relatively
ineffective.
Within the past few years, beaver have been migrating out of the wetlands area to other
wetlands in the Ballston lake watershed and onto the main body of Ballston Lake in
search of food, enlarging the impacted area. It has been an ongoing goal of BLIA to
encourage vegetative buffers along shorefronts for nutrient interception and shoreline

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