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January 27, 2010

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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 1B REGIONAL The recent storms combined with an industrious group of beavers to endanger the stability of Spanish Creek Road in Quincy last week. The one-way road accesses hangers at Gansner airport and leads to Quincy Community Service District's water treatment plant. Plumas County Deputy Director of Public Works Joe Blackwell explained the surge of water in the creek wasn't causing any problems for the beaver dam, but the dam was channeling all of the water into one narrow area, which happened to be right next to the embankment, in an area relatively close to the road. Blackwell chuckled as he explained the dam wasn't being washed out but the embankment was Hbecause the beavers are better engineers than whoever built that bank," ....... ,Blackwell explained his workers u~ hand tools to " remove some of the dam to let more water escape, but were able to leave most of it intact. He added they pushed a couple of large rocks over the side of the embankment to absorb some of the impact from the rushing water. Photos by Joshua Sebold For more photos, see Dam, page 15B. One of the largest rodents in the world, the beaver does most of its work at night, dropping trees and limbing them for construction and culinary purposes. The animals like to eat bark, aquatic plants, roots and leaves.