The Kenai Lowlands are an ecologically and economically significant subregion of the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska. Five major watersheds are located here, draining over 167,000 hectares and supporting several species of salmonids, including significant runs of King (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Coho (O. kisutch), Steelhead (O. mykiss), and Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma). Population growth has the potential for considerable changes to these watersheds and their streams, 89% of which are located on private and unprotected public lands with minimal regulation of development.
This project utilizes a newly validated Flow Weighted Slope (FWS) predictive model to identify headwater streams in the Kenai Lowlands area that are highly likely to provide rearing habitat for juvenile salmon, but which have not been documented and added to the state of Alaska’s Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC).
Funding for this project stems from NOAA Fisheries’ Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund and is managed by the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund (AKSSF). The project began in Spring 2016 and will continue through 2017. Refer to KBNERR’s Newsletters & Reports for updates on the project’s performance. For more information about this project, please visit AKSSF’s Project Info Page. You can also contact Coowe Walker, Steve Baird, or Chris Guo.