Planning and NEPA

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Recent Planning and NEPA projects

Karluk Lake Fertilization  

April 20th, 2018:

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is evaluating whether a proposed lake fertilization project within Kodiak Refuge is compatible with the purposes for which the Refuge was established. On April 20th, the Refuge released a Draft Compatibility Determination for a 28 day public comment and review period. Written comments must be submitted by Friday, May 18, 2018 to Refuge Manager Michael Brady at 1390 Buskin River Road, Kodiak, or via email at  If you have questions about this activity, please contact Mr. Brady at 907-487-0226 or via email. The final determination will be posted to the Refuge website and available at the Refuge office. 

Notice and Information about Public Comment: Public Notice of Availability
Draft Compatibility Determination

January 22, 2016: 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge released its Environmental Assessment and announced its final decision regarding a special use permit request by the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) to conduct nutrient enrichment in the Karluk Lake watershed. The Service evaluated KRAA’s proposal and selected the Current Management (No Action) Alternative as the best way to conserve the abundance of natural salmonid populations and their habitat for continued human and wildlife use.  


Upper Hidden Basin Diversion Tunnel

August 30, 2017:

The US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a Right-of-Way Permit E-315-KE to the Kodiak Electric Association, Inc. to complete the proposed Upper Hidden Basin Diversion (UHBD) tunnel. The subterranean tunnel will allow for the passage of additional water to Terror Lake and the existing Terror Lake Hydroelectric facilities, which will provide an increase in the annual hydroelectric generation by about 33 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and will contribute to the continued renewable hydropower generation that displaces diesel fuel consumption in the communities of Kodiak. Additional planning documents include: 










Previous Planning and NEPA projects

  • August 11, 2016: The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge released the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact along with the final Compatibility Determination for the proposal by Kodiak Microwave Systems, LLC to construct a telecommunication project, on the southwest end of Kodiak Island within the Refuge.  The project will provide high speed broadband services to the communities of Larsen Bay and Karluk.

    An inland and a coastal route were considered in the EA.  The inland route which was selected in the draft EA would have required installation of two, 50’ free-standing lattice-type towers; one on Midridge, approximately 17.3 miles northeast of the community of Larsen Bay, and one on Larsen Peak, approximately 8.2 miles northeast of the community of Larsen Bay was originally chosen.  Due to comments from Koniag Native Corporation who promoted the coastal route, and additional information from KMS regarding their inability to co-locate on a current microwave tower on Elbow Mountain the selected alternative was changed to the coastal route.  The coastal route would require installation of three, 50’ free-standing lattice-type towers; one on Uganik, approximately 3 miles northwest of Village Islands, one on Spiridon 14 miles northeast of Larsen Bay, and one on Z-Ridge 4 miles west of Larsen Bay. 

    The project was permitted on August 5, 2016. Construction is anticipated to take place between August and October 2016.  There may be additional construction activities in the summer of 2017. Access to the site for construction and annual maintenance would be by helicopter. 

  • On May 19, 2014, the refuge manager signed a Finding of No Significant Impact(FONSI) (pdf-1.4 mb) finalizing the Preliminary Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Integrated Pest Management of Invasive Plants on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and Vicinity” (pdf - 1.3 mb). The FONSI includes a summary of public comments received on the SEA and our responses.

  • May 2013: The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge announces the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Construction of Staff Housing.  The Service proposes to construct a new multiplex (tri-or fourplex) building for 3-4 Refuge staff and their families at the Kodiak Refuge’s headquarters location at 1390 Buskin River Road in Kodiak, Alaska.  After construction and occupation of the new housing, the existing triplex housing at 512 Mill Bay Road would be demolished and the site remediated. The EA evaluated the proposed action and the potential impacts of not taking action. It concludes that there will be no significant impact to the human environment from this project.  The EA will be available for public review until June 5, 2013.  The Environmental Assessment is available online, and hardcopies can be obtained at Refuge Headquarter 1390 Buskin River Road, Kodiak, Alaska.  Comments may be submitted at .  For additional information contact Kent Sundseth, Deputy Refuge Manager at (907) 487-2600. 

  • On November 4, 2010, the refuge manager signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (pdf - 1.4mb) finalizing the “Draft Environmental Assessment for Integrated Pest Management of Invasive Plants on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and Vicinity” (pdf - 2.2mb). The FONSI includes a summary of public comments received on the EA and our responses.  On February 4, 2013 the refuge issued a public notice pertaining to the 2010 Environmental Assessment.  In general, the notice states that the refuge has initiated preparation of an amendment to the 2010 EA and that it seeks public input on the proposed amendment.  
  • After completion of the Revised Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in 2007, implementation of the revised plan was initiated, including revision of the 1987 Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Management Plan for Commercial Fisheries Activities. A revision of this plan, Commercial Fisheries Support Facilities Management Plan has now been completed. In addition, a revised Compatibility Determination for Commercial Fishing was also been prepared.