Community's help allows water quality monitoring to continue

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

On April, 23, the Kenai Watershed Forum received a signed grant agreement from the state of Alaska that provides financial support to a broad partnership that will continue water quality monitoring of the Kenai River and selected tributaries. This good news would not be the case without public engagement and your willingness to voice an opinion last July on the attempted change in use of federal Clean Water Act funding.

The Kenai Watershed Forum and many local efforts across the state would not be able to continue tracking the condition of water resources were it not for the overwhelming support received from the public over the past nine months. There were dozens of area residents who took the time to write letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. No less than four local governments passed resolutions addressing the concern and three of our local legislators weighed in directly and strongly on the issue. Still others stepped in with substantial funding to prevent the interruption of a well designed study that is in its fourth year.

I wish to thank each of you that worked with us over the past nine months to resolve this issue. The support and encouragement received from the community has been very much appreciated and we carry your support to our work every day -- our staff, board of directors and members sincerely express our gratitude. Thank you.

Robert Ruffner

Executive director

Kenai Watershed Forum

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