KRSMA Advisory Board


Kenai River Special Management Area explained.
Man fishing on the Kenai The Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA) consists of more than 105 linear miles of rivers and lakes, including Kenai Lake, Skilak Lake, and the Kenai River from river mile 82 downstream to four miles above the river's mouth on Cook Inlet. Adjacent to these waters are fifteen state park sub-units and land owned by cities, the borough and the federal government, as well as private and native lands.

The popularity of the Kenai River, one of the most heavily used fresh-water fisheries in Alaska, puts a strain on its resources. In response to increasing threats to the river system's health, the legislature established the Kenai River Special Management Area in 1984 as a unit of the state park system.

A comprehensive management plan for the area, developed by agencies and a public advisory board, guides the cooperative efforts of the land managers. The plan's goal is to protect the natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat, manage the river's recreational and commercial uses, and provided public facilities.

What is the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board?
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board was originally created in 1985 under the authority of A.S. 41.21.510. The original Board was charged with developing a comprehensive management plan for the Kenai River. The original Comprehensive Plan was completed and the Board disbanded in 1986. In 1988, a new Board was appointed to help advise the Department of Natural Resources on implementation of the Plan. In 1997, the Board worked to update the Kenai River Comprehensive Management Plan, and it was adopted in December 1997. In May 2004, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill that changed the composition of the board from what the law had directed in the original 1984 KRSMA statute.

The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board meets the second Thursday of each month from September to May. The meetings are held at the Donald R. Gilman River Center, 514 Funny River Road, Soldotna and begin at 5:30 p.m. For copies of the latest agenda and minutes please contact the Kenai Area Office at 907-714-2470.

KRSMA Board Meeting Minutes:

2014      
       
 
2013      
 
May 9, 2013 Apr. 11, 2013 - Draft Feb. 14, 2013 Jan 10, 2013
       
2012      
Dec. 13, 2012 Nov. 8, 2012 Oct. 11, 2012 May 10, 2012
Apr. 12, 2012 Mar. 8, 2012 Feb. 9, 2012 Jan. 12, 2012
       
2011      
Dec. 8, 2011 Nov. 10, 2011 Oct. 13, 2011 Sept. 8, 2011
May 12, 2011 Apr. 14, 2011 Mar. 10, 2011 Feb. 10, 2011
Jan. 13, 2011      
2010      
Dec. 9, 2010 Nov. 11, 2010 Oct. 14, 2010 Sept. 9, 2010
May 13, 2010 Apr. 8, 2010 Mar. 11, 2010 Feb. 11, 2010
2009      
Dec. 10, 2009 Nov. 12, 2009 Oct. 8, 2009 Sept. 10, 2009
Aug. 13, 2009 May 14, 2009 Apr. 9, 2009 Mar. 12, 2009
Feb. 12, 2009 Jan. 8, 2009    
2008      
Dec. 11, 2008 Nov. 13, 2008 Oct. 9, 2008 Sept. 11, 2008 rev.
May 10, 2008 Apr. 10, 2008 Mar. 13, 2008 Feb. 14, 2008
Jan. 10, 2008      
2007      
Dec. 13, 2007 Nov. 8, 2007 Oct. 11, 2007 Sept. 13, 2007
May 10, 2007 Apr. 12, 2007 Mar. 8, 2007 Feb. 8, 2007
Jan. 11, 2007      
2006      
Dec. 14, 2006 Nov. 9, 2006 Oct. 12, 2006 Sept. 28, 2006
Sept. 14, 2006 May 11, 2006 Apr. 13, 2006 Mar. 9, 2006
Jan. 12, 2006
2005      
Dec. 8, 2005 Nov. 10, 2005 Oct. 13, 2005 Sept. 8, 2005
May 12, 2005 Apr. 14, 2005 Mar. 10, 2005

KRSMA Committees
Committee Meetings
Resolutions

Action Items:
Committee Purposes & Objectives
Criterion for Public Members of Board Committees
Nomination Policy and Procedures
50 Foot Ordinance


Kenai River Special Management Area Information

New KRSMA Horsepower Regulations
The new regulations will be effective on March 1, 2008 and will permit the use of 50 horsepower motors, as long as any motor that is larger than 35 horsepower is one of the cleaner burning four-stroke or Direct Fuel Injected (DFI) two-stroke motors. Additionally, all motors used within the Kenai River Special Management Area during the month of July must also be either four-stroke or DFI two-stroke motors. The proposed full phase out of all older two-stroke engines that was to go into effect in 2010 has been removed from the approved regulations.

In recognition that most of the hydrocarbon pollution problems have been concentrated in July, and that a good many Alaskans do not have the immediate resources to transition to the new cleaner burning motors right away, the decision was made to remove the date by which all older two-stroke motors would be banned. DNR plans to re-propose the year-round ban on older two-stroke motors with a 2013 effective date to give river users a longer period to complete this transition.

In addition to the changes on motors, the approved regulations also limit overall boat size to no more than 21 feet long and 106 inches wide, with a limited provision to allow owners of larger boats to be permitted to use their boats until 2010.


Final Regulations 01-31-2008

Kenai River Recreation Study - Major Findings and Implications - October 2010

2009 Kenai River Recreation Use Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Boat Waves on Johnson Lake and Kenai River 2001 (PDF)

Kenai River SMA Comprehensive Management Plan: December 1997

Kenai River Guide Academy

Kenai River Commercial Guide Permit

Map of the River

Kenai River Special Management Area brochure

1982-2011 Commercial Operator Trends

Contact information

      

Kenai Area Office (located at Morgan's Landing)
PO Box 1247
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
(907) 262-5581

      

Donald R. Gilman River Center
514 Funny River Road
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
(907) 714-2471