Adopt A Stream Program

The Kenai Watershed Forum Works in cooperation with the Kenai River Center to provide watershed-focused education and outreach to local youth. The Adopt A Stream Program partners with local elementary schools to help foster stewardship of local watersheds. The Adopt A Stream program combines monthly classroom presentations, field trips to local streams and data collection and review to help promote appreciation and increase understanding of local watersheds. The hands-on scientific experience provided by KWF Professional Staff offers new and exciting opportunities for students to learn about watersheds both inside and outside of the classroom. 


Please visit the Kenai Watershed Forum Website for more information.


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The Division of Habitat is a unit of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Effective July 1, 2008, fish habitat permitting, Forest Resource and Practices Act review, and other project review functions were transferred from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Fish and Game

The Division of Habitat's specific statutory responsibilities are:
1) protecting freshwater anadromous fish habitat under the Anadromous Fish Act (AS 16.05.871)
2) providing free passage of anadromous and resident fish in fresh water bodies (AS 16.05.841).
(These statutes were formerly known as Title 41.)

Alaska Statute AS 16.05.841 (Fishway Act) requires that an individual or governmental agency notify and obtain authorization from the ADF&G, Division of Habitat for activities within or across a stream used by fish if the department determines that such uses or activities could represent an impediment to the efficient passage of fish. Culvert installation; stream realignment or diversions; dams; low-water crossings; and construction, placement, deposition, or removal of any material or structure below ordinary high water all require approval from the ADF&G.

Alaska Statute 16.05.871 (Anadromous Fish Act) requires that an individual or governmental agency provide prior notification and obtain approval from the ADF&G "to construct a hydraulic project or use, divert, obstruct, pollute, or change the natural flow or bed" of a specified anadromous waterbody or "to use wheeled, tracked, or excavating equipment or log-dragging equipment in the bed" of a specified anadromous waterbody. All activities within or across a specified anadromous waterbody and all instream activities affecting a specified anadromous waterbody require approval from the ADF&G, Division of Habitat including construction; road crossings; gravel removal; placer mining; water withdrawals; the use of vehicles or equipment in the waterway; stream realignment or diversion; bank stabilization; blasting; and the placement, excavation, deposition, disposal, or removal of any material. Recreational boating and fishing activities generally do not require a permit.

The description and location of specified anadromous waterbodies is contained in the "Catalog of Waters Important for the Spawning, Rearing, or Migration of Anadromous Fishes." Copies of the catalog may be viewed at any office of the ADF&G, Division of Habitat.

The Division of Habitat also issues permits for recreational mining on the Kenai Peninsula.

Special Area Permit Application

Sixmile Creek General Permit

Resurrection Creek General Permit

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The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (Alaska State Parks) Kenai River Office issues permits for the building of structures (i.e., roads, buildings, bank restoration, floating docks, walkways etc,) in the Kenai River Special Management Area and the State Park units of the Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay, and Prince William Sound.

The permitting staff also issues non-competitive park use permits for commercial activities in the State Park units. Water taxis, flight seeing tours, fishing guides, white water rafting, kayak tours, back country hiking, and boat rentals are just a few of the businesses that operate in the State Parks of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound.

View the Kenai River Special Management Area enabling legislation:

AS 41.21.502. Kenai River Special Management Area Established
AS 41.21.504. Designation of Management Responsibilities
AS 41.21.506. Comprehensive Management Plan; Regulations

View the Kenai River Special Management Area regulations:

11 AAC 20.850. Use of Weapons
11 AAC 20.855. Aircraft
11 AAC 20.857. Snowmobiles
11 AAC 20.860. Boat Motor Use
11 AAC 20.861. Boat Specifications
11 AAC 20.862. Boating Methods
11 AAC 20.865. Non-Motorized Areas
11 AAC 20.867. Personal Watercraft
11 AAC 20.870. Boating and Aircraft Speed Limits
11 AAC 20.875. Water Skiing
11 AAC 20.880. Camping
11 AAC 20.885. Kenai River Guide Permits11 AAC 20.890. Boat Rentals
11 AAC 20.910. Horse Use in Kenai State Parks
11 AAC 20.918. Recreational Gold Panning in Kenai State Parks

Kenai River Special Management Area home page

Information about motor and boat regulations in Kenai River Special Management Area

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Management Program was adopted by the Borough Assembly in 1990. The program provides an information base and policies to assist the borough in managing borough land and making resource use decisions. The Borough Coastal Management Plan is not intended to duplicate or assume management or permitting authority for resources and activities that are managed by State and Federal agencies.

The KPB Coastal Management Program was revised in August of 2007.

To see the revision, click on 2008 Coastal Management Plan.pdf * This document includes the KPB Enforceable Policies.
(Note: This PDF is a large file and may load slowly.) 


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The KPB Resource Planners administer the Borough’s Habitat Protection District regulations. These regulations are designed to proactively protect a valuable public resource: salmon spawning and rearing habitat. The regulations apply to 793 anadromous water bodies on the Kenai Peninsula, which includes the anadromous streams on the west side of Cook Inlet.

We are available to assist landowners in identifying potential problems and solutions along their waterfront properties. Common problems include bank trampling, loss of vegetation, bank erosion, and access issues. We do make house calls!

Borough planners also provide permits and permit information for limited vegetation removal. If you are thinking about landscaping within the 50-foot Habitat Protection District, call us and we’ll help you obtain any necessary permits.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough also has a tax credit program available. This program provides landowners a tax credit for habitat protection and restoration projects within 150 feet of many salmon streams and lakes. Borough planners will assist you in applying and qualifying for the credit.
Learn more about the KPB Habitat Protection Tax Credit program.

A similar program provides tax exemptions when habitat improvement projects result in an increase to a property's assessed value. Borough planners can help you determine whether your project qualifies for a tax exemption.
Click here to learn more about the KPB Habitat Protection Tax Exemption program.
Click here to learn more about the Fish Habitat Improvement Cost-Share program.

View the KPB Habitat Protection Ordinance

View the Anadromous Waterbodies List (Appendix)

View the KPB Habitat Protection Tax Credit Ordinance

View the KPB Habitat Protection Tax Exemption Ordinance

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