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Task force a good step to address streams

Posted: July 6, 2012 - 8:46am

The formation of a task force to study the borough's anadromous stream protection ordinance is a good step in addressing concerns raised by the regulations.

The task force will be led by Paul Ostrander, the borough mayor's chief of staff, and John Mohorcich, director of the Donald E. Gilman River Center.

The goal of the ordinance, adopted by the borough assembly last year, is to protect the streamside habitat in waters where salmon return to spawn. Such measures have been in place on the Kenai River and a number of other Peninsula streams, and the ordinance in question added similar protection to another 2,317 stream miles across the borough.

However, the measure has raised concerns among affected property owners, who are concerned that new requirements are onerous and impact how they can use their property. Also of concern is a number lakes included under the new regulations, something that many people did not realize would be part of the streams ordinance.

In addition to Ostrander and Mohorcich, the task force includes members of Citizens 4 Responsible Waterfront Land Use, which has lobbied against the ordinance, as well biologists and assembly members. The task force's goal is to investigate concerns and generate recommendations to the assembly for its consideration.

While much of this work should have, perhaps, been done before the assembly adopted such a far-reaching ordinance, addressing it now, before the ordinance is fully implemented in 2014 and before the assembly considers calls to repeal it in its entirety, is a reasonable approach. Balancing habitat protection with private property rights is never easy, and we look forward to seeing constructive recommendations from the task force that address both sides of the issue.

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radiokenai 07/06/12 - 02:42 pm
What a dumb idea.....!

How can this be a "good idea"? How is spending tens of thousands of our tax dollars for a ridiculous committee to study a problem we already know?

This reeks of liberal stench to install another tax or regulation on the people!

I can tell you what is wrong right now!


Now you bawl to the people "How can this be?"

You blame Global Warming, Turbidity, Commercial Fisherman, Sonar Counting,2-stroke engines, funding, invasive species and now the flavour of the day is shoreline habitat.

What is next? I suppose “Acts of God” is your next target?!

Un-Freaking-Believable! WAKE UP MORONS!

northernlights 07/06/12 - 05:58 pm
Needs to be posted again

I copied and pasted my last comment and need to re-post to this article. Here it is;
Reds spawn in lakes, silvers spawn in streams, and the kenai kings spawn in the kenai river. King fry live for three years in the river before heading out to the ocean. They absolutley must have over-hang along the banks to live. The water temp is cooler, it protects them from preditors and keeps them from washing away in the currents. All banks are critical for fish to survive. Property owners think its ok to clearcut all the way down to the river, put in a lawn, then to make it worse, they feel the need to fertilize it. Dirt fallen in from errosion smothers eggs and kills them, polution from fertilizer, boats etc kill fish eggs. I wish people would stop complaing about thier dang property and consitutional rights while the fry are being killed. Streams and our lakes must be kept clean and free from any type of mining et. Heads up at least along the kenai river, stay off the bank, fish in the river or only in designated areas. property owners leave some space from the water's edge. Thats not asking alot.

akmscott 07/06/12 - 06:52 pm
Nothing like more soapboxers

Nothing like more soapboxers and greenies getting their paws on natural resources.Within 15 years you'll only get within 1 mile of a stream if you've got a bio-suit on and been through a disinfection station before fishing.

spwright 07/07/12 - 06:52 am
Confused by Weeds ?

Sat. 7/7/12 With all of this ranting & raving about vegetation at the edge of the River Bank that is necessary for the spawning of Salmon.

Then I hear of a Group of Citizens that want to SMOTHER the WEEDS with Tarps & stop the invasion of Killer Weeds along the River Banks ??

So Who is Correct here ? Smother the Weeds or More Weeds ?

Or Grow some Weed ! Then Tax the Hell out of it for more
Borough Tax Income ? More Weed or Less Weed that is the Question ?


northernlights 07/07/12 - 03:31 pm

To spwright, as far as the weeds go, i dont know. Im really talking about over hang, the fry live under that for the cooler temps, safety etc. I know we have some destructive weeds that have come up from the lower 48, they have also been spread from felt sole, those weeds from what I've read have caused damage. Its the overhang that when trampled on finaly gives way and down it goes. Fry need it. What would you do if you see destruction that is critical for habitat? Just turn your head. For years i destroyed alot of the Kenai river banks, especialy at Eagle Rock, the silvers were so thick in there you couldnt keep them off your hook. Now, theres not bank. I want to do what I can, I try to see this river healthy beyond my years. I'm not arguing with anyone, no profit, but I will do what I can to help the river.

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