Reader cites new chapter in river issues

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2006

In the latest chapter of “Not Caring for the Kenai,” the guides have had a sudden relapse of honesty that they want put into regulations. After all these years of running “de-tuned 50 hp motors,” they seek to be allowed to use 50s all the time.

This must be part of that more-better-faster management. Sometimes about less wake; but ironically there have been no tests on the 50 hps, only on the 35 hps. In other words, there will be less harm (erosion and emissions) both untested and unproven. Never mind the Tony Knowles board of fish and their no-net-loss-of-habitat mandate. Never mind Bob Penney getting the Dorava Study squelched. Never mind chairman Dan Coffey and Kelly Hepler taking $50,000 of wake study funds and using it for halibut plans; a federal species.

As a matter of fact, never mind the king salmon in the Kenai River. For those of you that can remember the original 35-hp limit was sold as a safety issue not on the loss of 15 percent of spawning habitat for the king salmon.

Congratulations go out to 30-plus guides and their testimony Sept. 21.

This concludes this chapter on “Not Caring for the Kenai.”

John McCombs


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