KSRM has been investigating two petitions relating to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Anadromous Streams Ordinance.
There have been allegations on both sides that the petitions are being misused, and people signing their names aren’t fully aware of how their names are being used.
We asked Fred Braun, one of the Ordinance Task Force members and a member of the group Citizens 4 Responsible Waterfront Land Use, what the 2,000 people on his petition were told…
Braun: “Well actually our group had a little flyer, a little hand out, that explained the reasons we were pushing for repeal and all of those questions were written on that hand out. I apologize, I don’t have a copy in front of me, but they’re certainly all over the place, and it had to do, I think, more with loss of private property rights; the fact that there was a ordinance passed without – we felt – proper notification, ask them how they felt about that.”
Braun said his goal is the same as the Borough Assembly’s: to protect fish, but he’d prefer to see an ordinance aimed at educating property owners, rather than punishing them.
Braun: “You look at the state campgrounds, you look at some of the even the federal campgrounds, some of those are the worst, most mistreated shoreline stream miles that there are. The private property owners take better care of their own land and protect it better than anyone else will.”
At present, the Borough Assembly look like it will repeal the current ordinance and start again.