Washington must fix culverts that block salmon from habitat, court rules
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the state must repair culverts that block passage for salmon to spawning grounds.
The decision handed down Monday marks the third time tribes have won their fight in court to hold the state to the promise of the treaties tribes signed in 1854 and 1855 ceding their lands to the federal government. In return, tribes reserved their right to continue to fish in their usual places.
The court affirmed the federal government also was assuring tribes they would have fish to catch.