Kenai engine rules idled

Action on restrictions postponed

Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006

Quick to dive into the controversy over hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River, the Kenai City Council is now treading water as it painstakingly writes its law governing which vessels may be launched from the city boat ramp.

After taking public comment on the proposed ordinance for nearly one hour Wednesday night, council members voted to postpone action until after another public hearing is conducted Jan. 17.

The Kenai ordinance, slated to take effect May 1, 2007, if passed, would limit the use of the city’s boat launch to vessels powered by four-cycle or direct-injection two-cycle engines.

The restriction is similar to a state proposal banning all two-stroke engines, except those with direct fuel injection, from Kenai River waters within the Kenai River Special Management Area.

The Department of Natural Resources rule would go into effect Jan. 1, 2008.

Kenai resident Donald McCloud expressed his concern that local residents are being forced from the river.

“I’ve got a two-stroke, injection type, so I’d be OK under your law,” McCloud said.

“We’ve got to control the guides. They’re fishing (the river) to death,” he said.

McCloud proposed allowing

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