Salmon protection must be maintained

If salmon could vote with their fins, they would swim upstream to a voting booth on Tuesday.

The borough assembly, after a long and often contentious process, recently voted to protect salmon in their spawning and rearing habitat by establishing a vegetated buffer along our waterways. Now that protection is in danger.

We know that if a big industrial polluter was to clear cut its property and dump pesticides, herbicides, antifreeze, petroleum, waste or silt into one of our lakes or streams we would all be outraged. But history has shown that a few hundred private property owners can have the same devastating effect over time, out of simple ignorance.

Soldotna residents have lived with a habitat protection ordinance for years. Property values have not fallen, indeed, they continue to rise in protected areas. We, the people who have the privilege of living along a waterway in this remarkable country, know we have the responsibility of protecting it for ongoing healthy salmon runs.

This election is very important. Our assembly representative, Linda Murphy, bravely stood up for salmon. Her opponent is working to flush away a year’s hard work and overturn the narrowly won protection for fish habitat.

Let’s give the salmon a hand. Let’s vote for Linda.

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