At the Donald E. Gilman River Center, multiple state, local, and federal agencies work in partnership to restore and protect the rivers of the Kenai Peninsula by providing multi-agency permitting, information, and education under one roof.

The River Center is located at mile 1.6 on Funny River Road in Soldotna, Alaska.

 

Four agencies work cooperatively to protect the rivers of the Kenai Peninsula, its watersheds, and its fish and wildlife resources.

Agencies at the River Center include:  KPB Habitat Protection Administrators, KPB Floodplain Management Program, KPB Coastal District CoordinatorAlaska State Parks,and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Division of Habitat. The Kenai Watershed Forum staffs the River Center's Outreach and Education program at their location adjacent to Soldotna Creek Park.

River Center personnel also work closely with local offices of the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and other agencies.

 

What's Happening at the River Center? 

Proposed Revisions to KPB 21.06 Floodplain Management

  • 2021-17: An Ordinance Amending KPB 21.06 Floodplain Management to Adopt Flood Depths for Three Neighborhoods in the Seward Mapped Flood Data Area and to Incorporate the Seward Mapped Flood Data Area into the Minimum National Flood Insurance Standards (Hearing on 05/18/21)
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Kenai River Floodplain Mapping Update

In 2017, FEMA, USACE and NWS started working together to create a current hydraulic model of the Kenai River. FEMA and USACE pooled funding to survey 113 river cross sections, the National Weather Service (NWS) used these cross sections and the 2008 LiDAR to develop a model calibrated to the 2012 and 1995 flood events.

 

The USACE is currently modeling flood hazard areas for 47 miles of the Kenai River between Skilak Lake and Cook Inlet. There are two expected uses for this model: (1) a 1-ft increment inundation model to support the NWS real-time inundation mapping (July 2021), and (2) floodway mapping and modeling to update the regulatory FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (Spring 2024).