King County fish culvert plan falls short in project prioritization

According to an audit presented to the King County Council on March 12, a 10-year plan laid out by King County to restore access to fish habitat by removing barriers — primarily road culverts — does not line up with the goal set by the county to open the best habitat for fish as fast as possible.

Fish barriers in King County and across the region can block or limit salmon and steelhead trout trying to return upstream to spawning grounds, contributing to their decline and threatening the treaty rights of tribes in Washington state.

The King County Auditor’s Office reviewed the Fish Passage Restoration Program (FPRP) to look

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