05/23/13 - 10:07am
The chinook salmon escapement monitoring project on the Killey River is in its sophomore year, which fortunately means that the weir is already built and stored on-site for this season’s fish run. Our project site sits 24 miles by helicopter from the Soldotna Airport, deep in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Even with the weir already built and awaiting reinstallation, we needed to do small repairs and move the equipment 50-meters downstream. Those minor and inevitable tasks turned out to be the least of our 5-person crew’s trouble as unfavorable winter weather conditions lingered.