I know Fun will not agree in total here but thought people should be aware that a repeal of the 50 foot habitat buffer on all streams except Kenai and Kasilof Rivers is up for a vote on June 16th. If anyone wants to comment they should send letters to the Kenai Peninsula Clerk at
Assembly / Clerk KPB
Johni Blankenship, Borough Clerk
firstname.lastname@example.org (907) 714-2160
144 Binkley Street
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
I do not know the deadline but the sooner the better.
I was on a commission that spent over 9 months dealing with this and made compromise after compromise to those who wanted repeal or modification. In the end the repeal group just will not accept a buffer on streams or lakes and the assembly members Wolfe, Bagley, Wells, and Ogle are pushing this effort. So if you want to protect salmon habitat for the future and maintain a minimum 50 foot buffer along salmon streams send in your comments. I believe this all comes down to some who feel private property should not be impacted. The real estate industry is pushing this for what they feel are obvious reasons. Fred Braun was on the commission and he pushed for no buffer expansion. Of course one can drive out Buoy Lane off K-Beach and see his sign selling lots that are under two feet of water from high ground water table. They called it a subdivision and now the KPB is spending lots of money to try and protect homes built in a swamp. To me that speaks volumes to privatize the profit and socialize the cost.
So far as I know the 50 foot buffer is working with most homeowners and should be maintained. Oil and gas development on the westside of UCI is accelerating and thus without some protection clearing of vegetation can take place right up to the river banks. The lower peninsula streams would not be protected.
This repeal effort is bad for salmon so I hope most will write and tell the other assembly members to reject this effort.