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Don't Let Orcas Be Dammed to Extinction - It's Time to Breach the Snake River Dams

Don't Let Orcas Be Dammed to Extinction - It's Time to Breach the Snake River Dams

The heart-wrenching tale of Tahlequah, or J035, a mother orca who tragically carried her dead new-born calf for 17 days and hundreds of miles, raised global awareness. This tragic incident displayed an unprecedented act of grief. The question that remains unanswered is, what actions will we take to prevent such occurrences for her and her family?

The southern resident killer whales, a unique and cherished population living in the Pacific Northwest, are perilously endangered. A new-born’s distressing death, following another loss within the group, has left this clan at a concerning low count of 75 orcas (excluding Lolita), the lowest in 30 years.

The biggest threat these orcas face is a dwindling food supply due to the endangerment of their primary prey, Chinook salmon. Other challenges include boat noise and pollution. 

Conservationists and scientists have long been advocating for breaching the four dams on the lower Snake River — a significant source producing half of the salmon found in the Columbia Basin. It's a well-considered measure aimed at restoring salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. The actionable plan has found no implementation, however, despite the 2002 Lower Snake River Environmental Impact Statement, which advocates dam breaching as the best method for salmon recovery.

Indifference and inaction have no place in the current scenario. It would be tragic to watch these distinctive and loved orcas disappear because our political leaders failed to act when opportunities were available.

Thus, we urge you to sign and share this petition, compelling Governor Jay Inslee and the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force. Help us advocate for the immediate breaching of these dams for the preservation of both the orcas and salmon.




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