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Salmon Habitats

State Must Replace Hundreds of Culverts to Save Salmon Habitats

In order to save Salmon habitats, Washington taxpayers face a bill of some $2.4 billion to repair hundreds of culverts over the next 11 years as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday. Divided 4-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy not participating, the tie lets stand a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state was violating a series of tribal treaties with culverts that block salmon coming from and going to spawning grounds. Gov. Jay Inslee said the ruling brings “finality” to the long-running battle, and hopes various groups can work together to...