Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will ask lawmakers to impose mandatory setbacks along waterways to protect salmon, a proposal that could eliminate farmland and stifle rural development.
Inslee said Tuesday his plan was the result of two years of talks between his office and tribes. The “riparian protection zones” will keep water cool for fish, he said.
“There is nothing more Washingtonian than celebrating salmon and committing to their survival,” said Inslee, at an event in Skagit County hosted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
“There is nothing that more unites us,” he said.