U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

City of Kenai

The city of Kenai’s decades-long effort to stop the Kenai River bluff erosion that’s eating away an average three feet a year of valuable Old Town property reached a milestone this week. By Monday, the city and Army Corps of Engineers will have signed a preconstruction engineering and design agreement. 

City manager Paul Ostrander said that’s cause for celebration.

“Big news on the bluff erosion project, absolutely,” he said.

The agreement begins the design phase of the project, which should take about a year.

“That planning phase, which, like I said, is 30 days following the singing of the PED agreement by the district commander, is key in outlining what, exactly, it’s going to look like,” Ostrander said.

The city of Kenai has been working on a way to stabilize its eroding bluffs for nigh on four decades. The city is now in the final phase of pre-construction design before being able to lock down funding and potentially get the project on the ground.

The bluffs that the city of Kenai sits on have been eroding, badly, for years. As the groundwater goes out, it pushes material out of the bluff to the bottom, where the river perpetually washes it away, accelerating the erosion. If the material falling out could build up, it could establish a slope over time that plants could grow on, making a more stable bluff that could in turn protect the buildings on top from tumbling into the river.

City seeks accelerated funding for bluff erosion project

Dec 21, 2018
Redoubt Reporter

 

There could be some major developments for the long-planned bluff erosion project in Kenai in 2019.