Kenai City Administrators are heading to Washington D.C. next week, to make the case for the Kenai bluffs.
The bluff erosion has been washing away prime Kenai real estate. City Manager Rick Koch says they’e been waiting two years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to give approval for the final feasibility study.
Koch: “The federal government has spent $5 million on this project already. Federal projects just take forever. There are so many groups and sections of the Corps that are involved in a project of this time, and so many studies that move it forward incrementally.”
Koch, Mayor Pat Porter, and Council Member Tim Navarre will meet with the Corps and Alaska’s Congressional Delegation to talk about the project.
U.S. Senator Mark Begich was on the Peninsula last summer and said he was concerned about the state of the bluffs…
Sen. Begich(D-AK): “Every time I go out there, it seems like another chunk of land is gone, a chunk of the grass is gone, and it’s getting very dangerous to a certain extent. So, as the Borough moves forward, we’ve been supporting their efforts with some of the federal agencies. Whatever they need, we want to help them be successful there.”
Funding for the project is mostly in place, but appropriations from the state only last five years, and they’re about to start expiring.