Kodiak Daily Mirror - Trying to clear culvert for salmon crew is stumped
  
Trying to clear culvert for salmon, crew is stumped
by Daily Mirror Staff
Aug 03, 2012 | 73 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District manager Joe Dinnocenzo and project coordinator Dave Kaplan, from the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District, try to see if they can move stumps from a culvert near Mill Bay Beach, on Aug. 2. (Nicole Klauss photo)
District manager Joe Dinnocenzo and project coordinator Dave Kaplan, from the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District, try to see if they can move stumps from a culvert near Mill Bay Beach, on Aug. 2. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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District manager Joe Dinnocenzo removes the ropes from a nearby tree after realizing he wouldn't be able to remove the other logs stuck inside the culvert near Mill Bay Beach, on Aug. 2. (Nicole Klauss photo)
District manager Joe Dinnocenzo removes the ropes from a nearby tree after realizing he wouldn't be able to remove the other logs stuck inside the culvert near Mill Bay Beach, on Aug. 2. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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A four-man team from the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District moved five large stumps that were blocking a culvert near Mill Bay Beach, but were unable to remove the stumps that were stuck inside.

Staff members initially worried the stumps would prevent salmon from getting through the culvert, but after further investigation, they determined there is enough room for the fish to get through.

“Fish can get under and around the barrier,” project manager Dave Kaplan said.

Kaplan said the stumps inside the culvert were waterlogged and have been there for quite a while.

District manager Joe Dinnocenzo said removing the stumps from the culvert would require his staff to use a chainsaw, which is dangerous in those tight quarters.

“I’m going to err on the side of caution,” Dinnocenzo said. “We don’t have the expertise for a chainsaw.”

The use of any major equipment would require special permitting, so the stumps will stay as they are for now.
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