At the City of Kenai council meeting some preliminary results were presented on hydrocarbon levels measured in the Kenai River in 2007.
The measurements were taken on three days toward the end of July. The measurement points were RM 1.5,5, and 7. The highest level ever recorded in any year happened in 2007 at RM 1.5 - near 23 ppb (I am reading them off a figure so do not have the exact number). At RM 5 and 7 the levels were between 5-8 ppb at the highest levels. They were lower in the morning and became higher during the day.
Peak boat counts was 720 and about 250 of those were in the PU fishery.
So things are getting worse, not better for the Kenai.
It will be interesting to see how DNR and DEC will handle these data. The PU fishery will need serous reductions as the percent of two stroke engines was approaching 50% from the discussion at the meeting. Are we going to see over half the boats in the PU fishery eliminated so the upriver guided and private sport fishery can continue at the present levels. Maybe the total elimination of two strokes will solve the problem but the cost to resident Alaskan who use the PU fishery will be greater.
With DNR increasing fuel by going to 50 hp is that fair when all the two stroke users are being told to get off the river?
Just thought the new data would be of interest to readers on this forum