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Salmon habitat rules would restrict agricultural uses

 

Last updated 2/2/2022 at 12:18pm

Advocates of a bill before the state Legislature hope mandatory conservation of key habitat areas will help salmon runs recover, but opponents worry farmers will pay a price.

Advocates hope mandatory conservation of key habitat areas will help salmon runs recover, but opponents worry farmers will pay a price.

House Bill 1838, to be known as the Lorraine Loomis Act in honor of the late Northwest Indian Fisheries Commissioner, will reserve land on public and private property near salmon bearing waterways.

Prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Anacortes, said salmon play a vital cultural and economic role in Washington. The potential loss of the species will affect all Washingtonians, she said.

"Salmon are an important part of this industry, always have...



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