Kenai Bluffs Bank Stabilization Project
Kenai River Bluff Stabilization Project
The Kenai River Bluff Stabilization Project is open to public comment starting June 16 and ending July 21, 2017. Information on submitting comments can be found below.
The project entails stabilizing approximately 5,000 feet of bluff on the north shore of the Kenai River starting at the creek near the mouth river and ending near Pacific Star Seafoods, just upriver from the senior center.
The tentatively selected solution involves placing a berm built with large rocks at the bottom of the bluff. The berm is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away the material that collects at the bluff toe, and it prevents storm damage to the lower portion of the bluff. After construction, the intent is to let the bluff face erode and recede naturally where the soil transported to the toe of the bluff can accumulate and develop a bluff face slope (i.e., angle of repose) that is relatively stable. A more stable bluff should encourage vegetation to establish to further stabilize the bluff. It has been estimated that it will take up to 15 years to establish a more stable 2H:1V slope. No work will be performed on top of the bluff.
The next major milestones are an Agency Decision on October 31, 2017 and a signed Directors Report on April 30, 2018. This could result in design starting in 2019.
The entire document can be found by clicking on the following link: www.poa.usace.army.mil/Library/Reports-and-Studies. It is important to know that once you have navigated to that website, you will need to click on Civil Works to view the Kenai Bluff Erosion Project documentation.
How to Submit Comments
Comments may be provided by mailing them to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
P.O. Box 6898
Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska 99506-0898
Comments may also be provided by emailing Ronnie Barcak.
City of Kenai Contact
Public Works Director/Capital Projects Manager
210 Fidalgo Avenue
Kenai, AK 99611-7794