Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday his mandatory buffer bill probably won’t pass, blaming opposition on a lack of support for cooling streams to save salmon.
Inslee’s legislation calling for wide strips of vegetation along waterways crossing farms and other rural private property has not received a hearing in the Senate and stalled in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Gordon said the Legislature could help salmon this year by increasing funding for conservation districts, taking advantage of federal programs that require the state to contribute toward habitat-enhancing projects.
Lawmakers also could allow more counties to join the 27 counties who are in the Voluntary Stewardship Program, he said.