Reader asks why in river politics

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006

We live on the Kenai River, the greatest, most productive fishing stream in the world.

Why not decrease the speed of the boats on The River? Why not decrease the number and size of boats and motors, and times of operation on The River?

Why not wake up and accept the fact that things are “out of control” on The River, at certain times of the year?

Why not act to solve, rather than continuing endlessly to “study” the problem?

Why not open your eyes to what has happened to other great rivers such as the Rogue and Deschutes in Oregon? These and many others in the West, have many restrictions. Not everyone appreciates them, but they are helping to protect the fisheries.

From our home, and while fishing, we have observed many boats roaring up and down The River, sometimes seemingly trying to impress their passengers with the speed. Often these boats are within 20 ft. of the bank, running wide open, making waves that impact the shoreline and harass bank fishermen. They should go where they can water ski.

There definitely are times of River “road rage” and increasing speed, will not help these problems.

Many folks, local and visitors, are on The River to enjoy and experience the natural and beautiful Alaska scenery -- a moose family, river otters, bears, eagles and other wildlife, not just to scream up and down The River looking for a hot spot to catch a fish.

Why not use some common sense and correct the problems now, before it is too late.

We don’t need a Band-Aid, we need a tourniquet!

Ed Avery

Soldotna



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