May 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Attorney general appeals ruling to fix culverts
State can afford ruling
Newly elected Attorney General Bob Ferguson is wrong to appeal the ruling by Judge Ricardo Martinez [“State appeals federal ruling on culverts that block salmon paths,” News, May 29]. There is no need to waste taxpayer funds on delaying the work to fix culverts around the state through legal tactics.
Do we have the all the money right now? No. And the judge isn’t saying all the culverts have to be fixed tomorrow. Fixing 180 culverts on public lands by 2016 seems like a fine way to pump some money back into a few rural communities.
What if it worked and some fish could actually spawn up those streams? The state can afford to spend money to fix 800 more culverts by 2030. This is a problem the Washington State Department of Transportation and others have caused.
What if it all worked, and salmon returned and spawning counts went up? Who would say it wasn’t worth it?
Every taxpaying fisher out there, regardless of political leaning, wants more fish and healthier streams and rivers. Pursue the appeal; you’ve lost my vote.
Robert Reed, Seattle
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