Are cattails a protected plant. Development Co trying to build houses on site with cattails & beaver with dam

Turtle Lake, MI. I own cabin on lake & develop co. is trying to buy land & get rights to develop into waterfront vacation homes with boat dock access. Surrounding entire lake there are cattail plants, beavers living there and have made a dam by shore line. Does land owner have the right to change area, leaving beaver with no home? Also who to contact about researching wetlands & how you make them wet lands so people cannot change natural area. Many trees cut down in water by beaver along south side of lake making nature spawning ground for local species of fish. This lake has no natural inlet or outlet & it is spring fed. Proposed homes would have septic systems & wells. Could this adversly affect lake or surrounding ecosystems? Currently 11 permenant residences on lake with app. 7 to 10 seasonal vacation cabins. Lake is very small and has limited public boat ramp access at this time. Lake access homes are to have private boat dock allowing 2 boats per site. Who do we contact for help?

6 Responses to “Are cattails a protected plant. Development Co trying to build houses on site with cattails & beaver with dam”

  1. AngeloElectro Says:

    If there is a local government, you could ask that an independent civil engineer complete an environmental impact survey, and file a report with the common council. Usually the developer must pay for this report and it is a requirement to getting a permit to build.

    The report should detail the impact on groundwater, drinking water, and native fish and wildlife species. as well as traffic, and pollution, and things like that.

    But if the report shows no adverse effects of the building, and the local government decides to allow the development, it’s possible the state government, and/ or the federal government can get involved because there are many wetlands protection laws. Call your state representative and also ask what federal agency has jurisdiction.

    You have to ask yourself, why do a small number of people have a right to be there, but not a larger number of people. Why should enjoyment of the land and area be limited to only the 10-12 families already there.

  2. Some Dude Says:

    Cattails are as common as it gets.

    Is the developer going to drain your lake? I think that is illegal four ways from Sunday.

  3. Biderbeck Says:

    check to see if beaver is endagered in your state… contact the EPA and your state controler….

    cattails are just a common plant

    septic systems would adversly effect the area….forget about eating any fish from that lake if that ever happens not to mention big trucks that would come out to pump out the septic tanks

  4. natlang Says:

    In an ideal world, I would say that if you care so much then you and your neighbors should get together and buy the property and use it however you want.

    However, there are probably avenues you can pursue to get the government to be your henchmen and force the other people to stay away.

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