KENAI WATERSHED FORUM

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Technology, Environment

Location: PO Box 2937 Soldotna AK 99669 USA

Mission: Kenai Watershed Forum, founded in 1997, our mission is to work together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.Our Goals:Maintain the health of the Kenai Peninsula WatershedsEnsure quality of life for communitySeek local solutions to local environmental and community issuesEnhance and expand learning opportunitiesImprove understanding of Kenai Peninsula Watersheds
Programs: Kenai Watershed Forum programs include Research, Education and Outreach, and Restoration.Research programs vary from remote sensing mapping of wetlands and changes at the landscape scale from both human and natural events to monitoring water quality and quantity of streams. We are also working to identify and document salmon habitat that has not be registered with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Education and outreach - Employees 3 dedicated staff, 2 work directly with K-12 students through the Adopt-a-stream program. In 2007, more than 11,500 student contact hours were logged. In addition we administer and provide support for the Caring for the Kenai contest. Adult education opportunities are provided by staff at the Kenai River Center and through free community lectures and field trips. Did we mention the Kenai River Festival? This signature event has over 4,000 in attendance, the second weekend of June every year.Restoration program - primarily focus on reconnected aquatic habitat that has been fragmented through poor road construction or lack of upkeep. We occasionally will work on direct stream bank impacts and have recently been focusing on invasive weeds that are known or suspected to have adverse affects on salmon habitat.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We're so lucky to have the Kenai Watershed Forum working to protect, preserve and restore the watersheds in our area.

In addition to the "science" work that KWF does (monitoring water quality, habitat restoration, etc), they also host or participate in several community events that are geared towards reaching out the the public to raise awareness.

The Kenai Riverfest is one of the highlights of summer in our area. It's important to reach out to the community for support - and KWF does an excellent job of that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering for the Kenai Riverfest and other events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More staff.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a priviledge for a community to have an organization that delivers such positive results from habitat restoration, to invasive plant to environmental education. An organization that delivers on the dream of having Government agencies, private property owners, environmentalists, regulators, educators and youth working together to solve environmental challenges and improve everyone's, including the wildlife's quality of life. Specifically having the Kenai River removed from the threatened catagory in less that a year's time. Administering the Caring for the Kenai environmental awareness contest and sponsoring The Kenai River Festival as a community celebration of the river with opportunity to learn how to preserve it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the Caring for the Kenai program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Additional staff

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kenai Watershed Forum is a fantastic organization truly committed to achieving their goal of a healthy watershed through cooperation with the community. The staff are energetic and have a real dedication to the work they do. They are a team with diverse technical skills which complement each other nicely. They also achieve a lot and are well respected within the community. While environmental topics can often be divisive, KWF does a commendable job at bringing all parties to the table and coming away with a robust solution that everyone is happy with. They are also particularly good at being a resource for learning within the community. It would be hard to find another organization as well respected and as dedicated to the community in which they serve as the Kenai Watershed Forum.

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I was an intern for this organization last summer and was continually impressed by the breadth of topics in which they were involved. Whether it was redesigning culverts, monitoring water quality, putting together the River Festival, partnering with other organizations, or eradicating reed canary grass, there was always something new to learn about. I am interning again at this organization where there will no doubt be a lot of new projects to help out with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly cannot think of something to change about this organization. I think they are doing a great job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kenai Watershed Forum is a wonderful organization providing excellent services to the residents and visitors of the Kenai Peninsula. They are very skilled at bringing all sides of an issue to the table to solve conservation challenges facing our area. I commend them on their work and enjoy supporting the organization. We all agree our watersheds need to be preserved for future generations and the vitality of the area - KWF is doing a great job on this front!

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KWF led the charge in the discovery and clean-up of hydrocarbon contamination on the Kenai River. It was a fantastic effort involving all user groups, agencies, native tribes, and other organizations. A true community success story!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

KWF is doing a great job, is well managed, their leadership is engaged in the community, and their focus is on track. There isn't much I would change about the organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kenai Watershed Forum is an outstanding organization with an incredible knack for working cooperatively with a diverse group of interests. In a community in which divisions between different interests such as commercial and sport fishermen can be quite bitter, virtually everyone can come together agree that the KWF does good work. All of the staff, but especially Robert, the director, are adept at listening to and understanding the needs of the community. The entire organization then, works together well to resolve big problems with impacts on the community. For instance, by explaining to boaters on the Kenai River how hydrocarbons detrimentally hurt river health for everyone, regulations were passed on two-stroke engines and the river was cleaned up.

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This organization is an excellent model for a student in that they both do scientifically sound and rigorous research, and in that they engage the community so well. They effectively bridge the gap between scientists and involved citizens and advocates. The skills I learned from this organization I hope to emulate throughout my career.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization could perhaps afford to expand some. They have operated with a slightly larger staff in the past and there is certainly a need in the area for the work KWF does. As the organization grows, of course, it will need to be more ambitious in its funding and also need to organize more extensively to support more projects.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kenai Watershed Forum is a wonderful organization serving the community, working with students and local businesses for the betterment of the watershed. I have never seen the organization look at a project and say no - they ask the question how can we get it done. I approached them ten years ago to help implement an educational awareness program. They not only said yes but have helped to grow and improve the program. Kenai Watershed Forum should serve as a mentor for all non-profit organizations. They are my heros!

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I have worked with Kenai Watershed Forum as a former board member, utilized their services to implement an educational awareness program and help facilitate a board retreat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help diversify their income base. Need to figure out how to wean themselves off federal dollars while not impacting the great work the organization does.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is great for our local community and for the bigger environment. I'm very impressed with the staff: they are dedicated to working together with the community, rather than fighting against it. I also am 100% behind their strategies: opening-up habitat, collecting quality research, and educating our communities. This focus has driven the organization towards projects that improve our surroundings the most. It's wonderful to have an environmental organization like the Watershed Forum in the Kenai Peninsula.

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Fantastic Events, like the Kenai River Festival!! I've also experienced great interactions with the staff and rest of the board. Although we all come from diverse backgrounds, we're all working on the same goals for the group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it even bigger!

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