Actions to Save Our Orcas

🚨CALL TO ACTION!🚨

 

The EPA suggested that Oregon and Washington change the designated “uses” of the Columbia & Snake Rivers so they are “no longer expressly for salmon” because they can’t meet the environmental requirements to cool the river to 68f, the maximum temperature salmon can survive.

 

It’s difficult to cool a river that’s dammed with 14 dams all with sun heated slack water reservoirs languishing behind them, heating the water and killing salmon. So, the EPA suggested lowering environmental standards when they are too difficult to meet instead of the obvious solution: breaching the lower four snake river dams.

 

This is unacceptable.

 

Let’s all write a public comments (email) using the template (Microsoft Word Icon).

Send by Aug 20 and sign the petition.

📧: ColumbiaRiverTMDL@epa.gov

 

🐟2 million salmon return to the Columbia & Snake rivers supporting the ecosystem and SRKW.🐬

 

The EPA’s court-ordered report concluded the main culprits heating the rivers are the 14 dams and the warm reservoirs behind them.

 

This conundrum falls into the Clean Water Act which requires the federal government to measure pollution and determine Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) that’s allowed while still protecting salmon. In this case the pollutant is heat and the maximum water temperature that ensures salmon survival is 68 degrees.

 

Washington requires the US Army Corps to cool the rivers to temperatures salmon can survive.

 

The rivers could be cooled by increasing amount of water dam operators spill over instead of sending to turbines.

 

Or by breaching the 4 Lower Snake River dams.

Called for by Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Orca Task Force who determined the main problem facing #SRKW is lack of Chinook salmon.

 

A 2019 economic study by ECONorthwest found that the economic benefits of breaching the dams far outweighed keeping them operating.

 

The US Army Corps draft EIS found that breaching the 4 dams on the Snake River would “provide the highest benefits” to endangered salmon.

 

The rate of return for young salmon & steelhead migrating out to sea from the Lower Snake River would improve by 170%.

 

Let’s all send our public comments email & stop this mindless extinction of salmon and the southern resident orcas.

 
 

Call The Washington State and Candadian Politicians

WA. Governor Inslee

Phone: (360) 902-4111

Fax: (360) 753-4110

Address: 416 14th Avenue SW

Olympia, WA 98504

E-Message: Click Here

Canadian Prime Minister

Justin Trudeau

Phone: (514) 277-6020

Address: 1100 Crémazie East (Main Office) Suite 220
Montréal QC H2P 2X2

Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

WA. Senator Cantwell

Phone: (202) 224-3441

Fax: (202) 228-0541

Address: 915 Second Ave., Suite 3206
Seattle, WA 98174

E-Message: Click Here

Corps of Engineers

Attn: Gen. Semonite

Phone: (202) 761-0000

Address: PO Box 3755
Seattle, WA  98124-3755
(206) 764-3742

E-Message: Click Here

WA Senator Murray

Phone: (425) 259-6515

Fax: (509) 624-9561

Address: 2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98174

E-Message: Click Here

OR. Governor Kate Brown

Phone: (503) 378-4582

Address: 900 Court Street NE, Suite 254

 Salem, OR

E-Message: Click Here

 

Petitions

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STOP THE NAVY'S "51Take" Proposal!

72 Southern Resident Orcas and 294,715 marine mammal species in the Salish Sea will be impacted by Navy training and testing activities.

 

Let’s all send a letter to NOAA. Signing petitions is helpful and individual letters are even more powerful! 30k individual letters are far more powerful than a petition signed by 30k people.

We need to STOP this. All Together. Let’s all send a letter to NOAA.

 

📝Link in our profile to download a letter template to NOAA that you can print out and send via snail mail to:

 

✉️Jolie Harrison, Chief Permits and Conservation Division,

 

Office of Protected Resources National Marine Fisheries Service

 

1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

 🔺Here are some Navy training Facts:

 

🔺The Navy’s application and NOAA’s proposed rule would allow for 51 instances of level B harassment affecting Southern Resident Orcas every year for the next seven years. 

 

🔺As the proposed rule notes, that means that 68% of the endangered Southern Resident orcas could be affected.

 

🔺This is just the Southern Residents. In total, they estimate 149 killer whales impacted during training & 325 from testing.

🔺Those numbers account for total from 4 different populations (Alaskan Residents, ENP Offshores, West Coast Transients/Bigg’s & Southern Residents

 

🔺294,715 marine mammal species in the Salish Sea will be impacted in total.

SAVE OUR ORCAS

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