ORCA ACTION NOW!
Friends..... this page is devoted to a cause that is very, very close to my heart, and many of your hearts as well. The three local orca pods here in the Puget Sound, known as J, K and L pods, are starving to death. This is not an exaggeration. Our local orcas have evolved differently from other orcas and they specifically eat Chinook salmon. There are a number of reasons the salmon numbers are dwindling precariously.... the number one reason has to do with the four dams on the lower Snake River, a river that feeds into the mighty Columbia, which flows into the ocean and used to release thousands of salmon into the Pacific and into the Puget Sound every season.
Since 2013, at least two dozen of our resident orcas have died prematurely, 7 of whom were babies or neonates, and 3 who were under the age of twenty. The average lifespan of a resident female orca is considered to be 50 years old, while the lifespan of a resident male orca is considered to be 29 years old. A few, including the well-known Granny who died recently, have lived over 100 years.
If you know me well at all, you know that I feel a very special kinship with these amazing whales, who are technically the largest of the dolphins. They are both dolphins and whales! I have experienced them up close and personal a number of times, and it is very clear that the eyes staring into mine are filled with intelligence and wisdom. These pods are revered by local Northwest tribes and communities, and there are a number of research groups also working hard to lobby for the breaching of the dams, including the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, the Orca Network on Whidbey Island, the Damsense.org group.
I ask you to please, please educate yourselves on this issue and if you feel compelled to do so, PLEASE contact Governor Jay Inslee and others on the list below to let them know that you want to see the four dams on the lower Snake River breached immediately, before the current feasibility study runs out this year, 2019!
To cut to the chase and comprehend this issue in its entirety, check out this link to an interview with Jim Waddell, formerly with the Army Corps of Engineers and now aligned with Damsense.He explains the situation much more succinctly than I possibly could. He explains how the dams are actually a liability to the state of Washington, and how easily they can be safely breached to allow passage for the salmon and restore the population.
Once you've watched this, feel free to investigate more videos and pertinent info at the websites listed at the bottom and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, please take a few moments to email and/or contact the individuals below. The primary person we want to hear us is GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE of Washington, who has the authority to formally request the Army Corps of Engineers to breach these four dams, which they will likely do once given such a request, as we have been advised by authorities in this area.
THANK YOU on behalf of ORCA ACTION NOW and all who love and care for these beautiful orca brothers and sisters who grace our waters and remind us of our heritage. Not only will this action help keep orcas from extinction, but will give an opportunity for our endangered ecosystems throughout the Puget Sound to heal and bring back many species from the brink of extinction, as well. All life is related - humans are included in this cycle as well.
Contact info for State and Federal officials is below...
PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002, Phone: 360-902-4111
United States Senator for Washington,
Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174, Phone: 206-553-5545
United States Senator for Washington,
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone: 202-224-3441
Federal Agency Officials
Elliot Mainzer, Administrator
Power Administration, 905 NE 11th
Ave, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 800-282-3713
Lieutenant General Todd T Semonite
Corps of Engineers, Phone: 202-761-0011
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314-1000, Phone: 202-761-1878
U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Walla Walla District Public Affairs
201 North 3rd Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876, Phone: 509-527-7020
NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration Western Regional Center
Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone: 206-526-6150
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