New proposal would remove basic habitat protections from salmon-bearing lakes and streams in the Kenai Borough

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What’s Happening?

Assemblymen Dale Bagley and Wayne Ogle have introduced Ordinance 2015-14, which would remove basic habitat protections from salmon-bearing lakes and streams in the Kenai Borough except for those in the Kenai and Kasilof watersheds (see map of proposed habitat rollbacks).  There will be a public hearing Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 6 PM at the Kenai Borough Chambers in Soldotna… Read more →

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Background

In June 2013, thousands of Alaskans spoke out for basic habitat protections around our salmon streams.  In response, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to retain 50 foot habitat buffers on the lakes, streams and rivers that support our wild salmon. Despite loud opposition from so-called property rights interests – including the National Association of Realtors – science and common… Read more →

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Tell the Kenai Borough – 50ft for Salmon

Most people understand the banks of streams and lakes provide important habitat for salmon.  Many people also recognize these natural areas protect private property by stabilizing banks and reducing the risks of flood damage.  But did you know that natural stream banks on private property also can increase property value? The destruction of natural stream banks has helped accelerate the demise… Read more →

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What You Can Do

As our wild salmon start to move into our local streams, rivers and lakes, we need your voice to protect wild salmon habitat.   Most people understand the banks of streams and lakes provide vital habitat for salmon.  Many people also recognize these natural areas protect private property by stabilizing banks, reduce the risks of flood damage and can increase… Read more →