Managers are concerned that pressure on the Kenai River could increase if the Alaska LNG project goes through.
Author's note: This is the second part of a story that first appeared in the the December/January 2003 issue of Alaska magazine. It's my take on 30 years of "progress" on the much-loved Kenai River.
A set of environmental, recreational, and engineering studies supporting the Grant Lake hydroelectric project is missing necessary information, according to comments made by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency that licenses hydroelectric projects, and other state and federal agencies.
Sockeye fishing on the upper Kenai and Russian rivers was reported as fair this past weekend, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers are expecting things to pick up as more fish move upriver.
Regarding Les Palmer's July 3 column: Sunny days, giant kings, smiley clients, all rare. Part of a glorious past. P.T. Barnum and Soapy Smith would be proud of the web sites and glossy brochures.
Author's note: Part one of a series of two. The vitality of the Kenai River is threatened. Power boat wakes and stream bank development have contributed to the erosion of the river's banks and the degradation of its fish beds.
Public comment earlier this week on the city of Kenai's personal-use dipnet fishery report hit on some familiar refrains - mainly, area residents frustrated with the frenzy that descends on the city from July 10-31 every year, and the hassles that come with it.
Twice a day, at least during the fishing season, Tracy Poore leaves his house, walks to he end of his driveway and then down the long, deeply sloped road to the Eagle Rock Boat Launch.
This October, the Alaska Board of Fisheries took unprecedented measures to avoid holding their next Upper Cook Inlet regulatory meeting on the Kenai Peninsula.
A boat retrieval project planned for the lower Kasilof River has yet to find a permanent home as State Parks personnel negotiate with the third choice on their list - the Swanson property at river mile 4.5.
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