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Lorraine Loomis salmon habitat bill will now be a 2023 priority

The late Lorraine Loomis is gone, but not forgotten.

Nor is the salmon habitat restoration legislation bearing the name of the longtime Swinomish leader, though it stalled in Olympia after public hearings in January, joining the vast majority of bills not advancing to floor votes.

Introduced by State Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Bow, the Lorraine Loomis Act faced opposition from the agricultural community over concerns that farmers and private landowners would shoulder the financial burden and lose acreage in the creation of tree-shaded buffer areas along salmon streams.

Supporters, however, have in...


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