KWF was founded in 1997 by a group of local citizens concerned about the health of the Kenai River watershed. In recent years, KWF has expanded its scope from the Kenai River watershed to encompass the entire Kenai Peninsula. As a result, KWF has grown by leaps and bounds.
We employ a highly trained staff. Our annual budget has grown steadily to over $3 million, and we are working on more research projects than ever before. Our Adopt-A-Stream program is extremely popular and reaching thousands of children annually. The annual Kenai River Festival is now recognized as the premiere event celebrating our watersheds and attracts over 10,000 people. We have greatly expanded our restoration program and are restoring up to 15 streams annually. In addition, KWF and our Executive Director, Robert Ruffner, have been recognized locally and nationally for our efforts.
- Increase the community’s awareness and knowledge about water and our environment
- Establish and maintain comprehensive research programs to provide quality data
- Work to restore and repair conditions that threaten the long-term health of our watersheds
- Lead collaborative efforts with others to address challenges and create the values of Solid Science, Transfer of Knowledge, Integrity, and Leadership
- Work to ensure long-term viability of the organization and programs