Meeting planned to discuss Shelter Cove

Photo courtesy of Copper River Watershed Project

A public meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the Cordova Center’s education room to discuss a planned culvert replacement and ideas for recreation enhancements at Shelter Cove, a popular destination for anglers when Chinook and coho salmon return each year.

Employees of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be on hand to answer questions about the culvert replacement and safety improvements in the intertidal zone slated for 2020.

Representatives of the Copper River Watershed Project and the city of Cordova will then lead a discussion on planning for a recreational access platform at Fleming Spit.

Since 1990, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp., and, starting in 1999, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, have been releasing coho and Chinook salmon smolt at this site to enhance sport fishing opportunities within city limits. City employees have worked to improve the recreational infrastructure, including construction of public restrooms, tent platforms, a fish cleaning station and spaces for recreational vehicles to camp.

While replacing the culverts, DOT will remove the aging, slippery concrete access ramp.

CRWP and city officials are seeking community feedback on how to best develop the site to provide safe public access for anglers, kayakers and other recreational users to Prince William Sound, and access for educational programs exploring the intertidal and nearshore environments at Fleming Spit.

Funding for the project is provided by Secure Rural Schools Title II Timber Receipts program.