Dear Pam Roach and Jack Venrick and 5th District Reps and Senator:
 
I received the following response from the WA DOT Interim Chief of Staff, Steve Reinmuth, regarding the Federal Court decision in favor of the Indians on fish culverts and the status of the State DOT on an appeal of that decision.
 
I thought you would like to know.
 
Take care,
 
 
 
 
Ron Ewart, President
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA  98027
425 222-4742 or 1 800 682-7848
(Fax No. 425 222-4743)
Website: www.narlo.org
 
 

Mr. Ewart,
 
Interim Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond asked me to let you know the status of any decision to appeal the recent federal district court decision about Tribal treaty rights relating to fish habitat and road culverts.
 
I have confirmed with the Office of the Attorney General that the defendant state agencies are not able to appeal the court decision until a final remedy has been agreed on by the parties or ordered by the judge.  While the parties have an initial decision declaring the treaty right, the second phase of the case (the remedy) must be decided before a potential appeal can be filed.
 
The parties are meeting today to discuss the remedy and will likely have several other meetings between now and the end of the year.   We will let you know when any appeal is filed.
 
Thanks for contacting us with your concerns. 
 
Steve Reinmuth
Interim Chief of Staff
Department of Transportation
(360) 705-7117
Cell Phone (360) 480-2145
reinmus@wsdot.wa.gov