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justices to hear washington appeal of salmon habitat order

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justices to hear washington appeal of salmon habitat order

seattle — the u.s. supreme court said friday it will review a court order that could force washington state to pay billions of dollars to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration — a development the state attorney general is using to try to persuade northwest tribes to settle the case.the justices said they'll hear the state's appeal of the ruling by the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals in san francisco. that court affirmed a lower court order requiring the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts, large pipes that allow streams to pass beneath roads but can block migrating salmon if they become clogged or if they're too steep to navigate.the ruling stems from a 2001 lawsuit filed by 21 native american tribes and the justice department. because the pipes block salmon from reaching their spawning grounds, thus reducing the number of salmon, they deprive the tribes of fishing rights guaranteed by treaty, the lawsuit said.washington state has been working to replace the culverts with structures that allow fish to pass, but at the rate it was fixing them when the case was filed in 2001, it would have taken more than a century to finish the work, the tribes said.state attorney general bob ferguson acknowledged in a statement friday that washington needs to do more to restore salmon runs, and said it shouldn't take a court order to get the legislature to act. but he said the 9th circuit's ruling went too far, and he hoped the prospect of a...