Draper homeowners fight to preserve backyard wetlands despite flood risks

Allison Jones, director of the Wild Utah Project, said the flood threats by the dam were unproven, and instead argued that beaver dams helped to filter sediment out of the water and act as flood mitigators.

"If you are claiming that these 20-year-old dams are a flood control hazard, I would say 'prove it,'" Jones said.

She came out to the property to support the McAdams family and to teach fourth-grade students from Oakwood Elementary about the benefits of the natural dams.