December 18th, 2013 | Published in Budget
Gov. Jay Inslee released a proposed supplemental budget yesterday, including changes to the budgets of several natural resources agencies. You can find links to agency details here and a summary here.
The proposed budget for the Department of Fish and Wildlife includes an additional $1.4 million for culvert repairs:
After finding that Washington State has not met certain obligations under tribal treaties, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against the state, including the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The March 2013 injunction mandates that fish blocking culverts owned by state natural resource agencies be repaired within 3.5 years to remedy the loss in salmon productivity and the violation of tribal treaty rights. The injunction also requires that maintenance and recurring assessments be conducted on culverts to ensure they do not become barriers to salmon. This funding will allow the department to meet its portion of these obligations.