Redirecting nature

A bulldozer sits by a new mouth of Beluga Slough at Bishop’s Beach last Thursday afternoon. Landowners at Munson Point, the subdivision on Ocean Drive Loop at the mouth of the slough, got a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to relocate the slough mouth and mitigate erosion near their property. The work was finished this week.

The section of beach east of the Bishop’s Beach parking lot is now closed to motorized vehicles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns the land up to the slough mouth and plans to work with the city of Homer to place boulder barriers to keep out vehicle traffic. Homer Police have been warning drivers of the ban. The fine for driving in a restricted area is $25 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense, and $500 for the third and subsequent offenses.