The Army Corps of Engineers had a point when it proposed to limit the trees and vegetation along the river levees in Washington state to secure the safety, structural integrity and functionality of the structures, writes the Seattle Times editorial board. But the agency should conduct workshops to explain the proposal to residents and local agencies, which also are required by a federal mandate to preserve favorable river conditions for fish, the board contends. "Failure to follow the Corps directives puts federal funds, including emergency relief money, at risk," the board adds.

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