Update: Kenai Water Treatment Facilities

Progress continues updating the city of Kenai’s water treatment facilities.  City Manager Rick Koch says updating the technology used to manage the facility is very much a multi-step process, but those new controls will allow for greater efficiency.

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Part of what they’re bringing online is an automation system that will be in use during times when city personnel are not on site.  He says they hoped to have a portion of that work done by the end of Friday.  He says the use of more modern automated systems represents a pretty significant step.

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He says there’s no one way to describe the benefits of the update, but in general, newer is better.

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Last week, before some timely rain showers, the city had asked customers to conserve water, avoiding heavy usage activities while the system was operating below peak performance.  He says they’re still on schedule to be back to full production capacity in the next two weeks.

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Borough Assembly Still Working On Details Of Anadromous Streams Ordinance

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has been crafting an ordinance to help protect and improve habitat around the Peninsula’s many bodies of water that support anadromous fish, especially salmon.

The latest provisions, including a 50 foot buffer around lakes on the Peninsula, are set to go into effect at the beginning of 2013, but the measure is still being finalized to find the best compromise of protecting habitat while respecting the rights of property owners.

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Easy ‘steps’ to keeping non-native species from taking root

As the summer season hits its full stride on the Kenai, native flora is also coming into full
bloom. And joining those native species are their visiting botanical cousins, brought to the area sometimes on purpose, but usually by accident. Most non-native species don’t pose a big threat, but some invasive varieties do and across the Peninsula, programs are in place to help mitigate the problem.

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More Restrictions For Kasilof River Sport Fishing

In an effort to reach escapement goals of up to seventeen-hundred naturally-produced
king salmon, the Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday an extension of sport fish restrictions for the Kasilof River.

The use of bait and multiple hooks is prohibited from the mouth of the Kasilof upstream
to the Sterling Highway Bridge for the entire month of July.

The department monitors escapement through a weir at Crooked Creek which, as of
Monday, June 26th, showed just 44 king salmon passing through. The total in 2011 was 650 fish, just four more than the department’s minimum escapement goal. It’s uncertain at this time if the sustainable escapement goal will be achieved or if broodstock will be available for egg takes this year.

 

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Group Builds For the Future With Community Barn

Big barns aren’t typically thought of as a part of the Alaskan landscape, but a group in rural Kasilof is into year three of construction of one the largest log barns in the state. Part workshop, part storage facility and part classroom, the barn represents a sample of what can be done using local materials and sustainable building methods.

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Beautification Program Extends To Storefronts

Businesses in Soldotna will be getting a little sprucing up this summer, thanks to a program initiated by the City last year. The Storefront Improvement Program will offer design help and grants to businesses looking for an update.

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New Kenai Facility Puts Locals To Work

The new Copper River Seafoods processing facility in Kenai was the backdrop for the one year anniversary celebration of the All Alaska Workforce Initiative.   The program is a joint venture between the state and federal Departments of Labor and seeks to put Alaskans to work in Alaskan industries.

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City of Kenai Urges Conservation of Water

The city of Kenai is asking its water utility customers to try and take it easy over the next couple weeks.  The city is currently working to bring online a new and improved treatment facility that will lower arsenic levels and clean up the color.  Kenai City Manager Rick Koch  explains the other projects going on that have affected the city’s water supply.

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Compliance to the request is voluntary.  The city is asking that customers refrain from heavy-usage activities like watering lawns and washing cars.

Usually, production is about 1.2 million gallons per day but given recent weather and the aforementioned projects, production is down by about 25 percent, putting additional pressure on the city’s 3 million gallon reservoir.

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Koch says the request is an effort to stay ahead of the curve and not let the reservoir get too low.

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This is all happening ahead of larger demands placed on the water system by seasonal industries like fish processing that, when operating at capacity go through 40 to 50 thousand gallons per day.  Koch says the redeveloped well should be back on line in two to three weeks, providing an additional 350,000 gallons into the system.

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Borough Assembly Revises Salary Schedules, appropriates state funding

With a relatively brief agenda, Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly focused mainly on the appropriation of just over 18 million dollars in state funding and grants to various local projects and revising the salary schedule for Borough employees.

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Kenai River Closed to King Fishing, Kasilof River Under Further Restrictions

After two previous rounds of restrictions, the Department of Fish and Game has announced that the early run King Salmon fishery will be closed beginning Friday.

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Update:  As of June 17th, the cumulative sonar estimate for Kings was 2,201 fish, with a daily count on June 19th of just 69 fish.

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