Kenai River too muddy

Kenai, Alaska (KINY) The State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a report that too much boat traffic made a seven mile stretch of the Kenai River too muddy in July.

The Peninsula Clarion reported that the river exceeded the water quality standards for turbidity.  This is the measure of how much sediment or organic material is suspended in the water column.  While the measure was high, it was not considered high enough to affect fish or aquatic wildlife.

Areas of concern include several popular king salmon and sockeye salmon fishing spots along the river.  Studies have shows that when the water is too cloudy, it increases the risk of vulnerability to predators for juvenile salmon while also makes it tough on them to spot food in the water.

The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board's River Use Committee has pushed the state to take action.  The report will be up for public comment until January and then will go through other state and federal reviews.  In the end the state could be assigned a recovery plan for the river.

That plan would include public meetings and comment periods.

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