Salmon habitats around Washington are getting makeovers, and Central Washington University faculty member Michael Pease will attempt to explain what that means for our state and region.

Pease is giving a talk on recent state mandates regarding salmon habitat renovations at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the United Methodist Church on Ruby Street, according to a news release from Our Environment of Kittitas County.

Referred to by the public in Washington state as “the culvert case,” Washington v. United States has ramifications beyond the removal of barrier culverts precluding safe fish passage. This case brought together several lingering and hotly contested legal issues in the Pacific Northwest.

Pease will tallk about the conflicts between federally mandated construction designs and Washington’s infrastructure and the scope of tribal rights under the Stevens Treaties. Though this decision can also be seen as a victory for salmon populations and tribal rights, arguably this decision could have broader impacts for the legality of dams precluding safe fish passage.

The event is free and open to the public.

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