Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Redoubt Reporter file photo

The Kenai City Council on May 6 agreed to allow bacteria sampling at the mouth of the Kenai River again this summer, with some misgivings.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has partnered with the Kenai Watershed Forum the past several years to sample water quality at the mouth of the river. That sampling has found levels of fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria that exceed state water quality standards. 

The bacteria are found in the intestinal tracks of warm-blooded animals and can cause stomachaches, diarrhea and ear, eye and skin infections in humans, especially if swallowing water with high levels of bacteria.

RCAC raises alarm over oil spill regulation review

Nov 15, 2019

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council issued a statement recently decrying a the decision by the governor’s office to review the state’s regulations regarding oil spill prevention. The move was not met with open arms by the nearly 30-year-old organization.

Bacteria again found on Kenai beach

Jun 10, 2019

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a warning about elevated bacteria levels on Kenai's North Beach at the mouth of the river. 

Samples taken last Tuesday showed elevated levels of enterococci (enter-oh-cockeye) bacteria and fecal coliform, exposure to which can cause stomach aches, diarrhea and ear, eye and skin infections.

The samples taken at Kenai North Beach contained 139 units per 100 milliliters of enterococci bacteria, almost four times higher than what is considered safe for direct contact, officials.

Spill clean up continues after fatal accident

Mar 15, 2019
Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association


Clean up continues after an accident near Moose Pass that killed an Anchor Point man Wednesday afternoon. Forty-six year old Marc Roderick was towing an excavator on a low-boy trailer that ended up in Moose Creek.



Risk assessment planned for Cook Inlet pipelines

Oct 29, 2018
Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Some of the oldest infrastructure in Cook Inlet has been there since the early 1960’s. With the oil and gas industry showing no signs of slowing down, both the state and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council want to know more about what condition all those platforms and pipelines are in.