HOMER - Although Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have been exploring a new state partner for the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the prospect of declining budgets for the Division of Sport Fish, its current home, does not mean the reserve will close or move."That's not the case," said former research reserve manager Terry Thompson.Thompson ended his tenure as manager this week and is now the statewide communications and outreach coordinator for the Division of Sport Fish. He will be based in Homer but spend part of his time in Anchorage.
The Environmental Protection Agency approved Alaska?s addition of the lower Kenai River to its List of Impaired Waters Wednesday. Due to an increased level of petroleum hydrocarbons, particularly in the month of July, the river now is listed as a Category 5 impaired water body.
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