Reader asks questions on horsepower issue

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Does anyone really think that the alleged Kenai River hydrocarbon pollution problem is caused by anything other then too many motors running in the river? Has anyone in the decision-making process seen the glut of boats that hog the river and force transiting boats too close to the bank where their wakes hit the banks at full force and cause them to crumble?

Do those wanting increased horsepower think pollution and erosion will be eliminated if 50 horsepower engines are allowed on the Kenai? Has thought been given to the fact that the increased horsepower will do nothing but add more speed to the armada of boats that now run up and down the river in frantic search of fish for more and more clients?

Apparently not.

I wonder if erosion and pollution that is apparently such a problem occurs from 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. or does it occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.? The recent comments published in this paper from a Kenai assemblymen: “The problem I see is that we have too many guides on the river ...” indicate that at least one of our neighbors has. How refreshing.

Dean Knox


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