Curtailing a long standing comprehensive water-monitoring program along waters which protect salmon habitat and water quality seems like a really short-sighted plan.
The Kenai River is seeing increasing use by dipnetters, king salmon fishers and red salmon fishermen along with the commercial fisheries effort. This beautiful and bountiful resource is at high risk for pollution and with the proposed cuts to monthly monitoring by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the risk to this watershed seems way too high. ADEC has said it will spend its resources to monitor only impaired waters, not to prevent waters from becoming polluted. What has happened to the proactive approach?
Many resources and effort have been expended over the years to build a quality monitoring program that has helped to focus attention on the very important resource and keep it clean. It is now more important then ever to continue the program, particularly since it is so cost effective and monitored largely by volunteers!
Bud and Sammy Crawford
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