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Environmental Science and Policy
Project to explore possible solutions for the issue of flooding as a result of beaver dams built at the Barrett Street Marsh. This project attempts to investigate sustainable options for the management of beavers in the marsh habitat. Seeking to understand specifically, what can be done about the beavers that inhabit the Barrett Street Marsh, and how to restore the sedimentation basin. This assignment has been approached in two ways; information gathering via meetings, and internet research. By this method, the conclusion is that the City of Northampton might consider pursuing reproductive inhibitors, and investment in a sediment vacuum, for multiple purposes. Based on the ideas put forth, a feasibility study may be conducted to consider possible options. If the options proposed in this project are feasible or reasonably sustainable, they may be applied to have a significant impact on the state beaver population, and alleviate local flooding issues.
© 2006; Ngozie Omegbu
Omegbu, Ngozie, "Beavers and the Barrett Street Marsh" (2006). Capstone, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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