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 property values.

 

But there’s a concerted effort to rollback commonsense habitat protections on our local salmon streams.

 

In 2013, Kenai Borough residents came out in force to support 50 foot buffers on the waterbodies that support our wild salmon.  Most scientists and agency experts recognize the need for larger buffers to truly protect our salmon, so the 50 feet buffer was a compromise that allows property owners to use and enjoy their waterfront acreage.

 

Now, Ordinance 2015-14 has been introduced to strip away these basic habitat protections for all salmon streams in the Kenai Borough expect for those in the Kenai and Kasilof watersheds.  

 

On Tuesday, June 16, at 6:00 PM, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will take public testimony on whether to retain our basic salmon habitat protections.

 

There are two ways you can make a difference:

 

  • Testify at the Kenai Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 6:00 P.M. in the Borough Assembly Chambers (144 North Binkley, Soldotna)
  • If you can’t testify in-person, submit your comments to the entire Kenai Borough Assembly by sending an email to the clerk: jblankenship@borough.kenai.ak.us

 

Talking points and additional information at:  http://inletkeeper.org/issues/salmonstreamhabitat

 

Please make time to testify at the Kenai Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 6:00 P.M., or write a comment letter beforehand if you cannot attend in-person. Please contact keeper@inletkeeper.org or call 907.299.3277 if you need a ride to the hearing.
Salmon define us as Alaskans. Yet from Europe to New England to the Pacific Northwest, short-sighted decisions have led to the demise of once-prolific runs.  We can and must do better in Cook Inlet.