For the past 3 years, there have not been any successful births among the last 74 Endangered Southern Resident Orcas (J, K, & L- pods), which are literally starving to death. Most crucial to their survival is secured primary food source: Endangered Chinook Salmon, now at critically low numbers. Experts state that breaching the 4 lower Snake River dams is essential in restoring the Chinook’s spawning habitat. In brief, the energy produced by the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources that are now available at lower cost. Numerous reasons are presented by DamSense.org for breaching.
The government efforts to save the Chinook Salmon and Endangered Southern Resident Orcas are failing and costing billions in taxpayer dollars. There is no need to fund the CRSO/EIS process which would take too long (year 2022!). Let’s take action to have the Army Corps of Engineers to supplement the 2002 Environmental Impact Statement promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the lower 4 Snake River Dams this year (in 2018).
However, please consider COPY & PASTE of the text with key comments provided below to personalize YOUR OWN more POWERFUL letter to your own letterhead. Please be sure to include the following key comments.
The Southern Resident Orcas are literally starving to death due to the anthropogenic impacts, primarily lack of Endangered Chinook Salmon that rely upon historic spawning habitat within the lower Snake River region.
While I am aware of Governor Inslee’s ongoing Southern Resident Recovery and Task Force, the government efforts to save the Chinook Salmon (primary food source of) and Endangered Southern Resident Orcas are failing and costing billions in taxpayer dollars. There is no need to fund the CRSO/EIS process which would take too long. Army Corps of Engineers can supplement the 2002 Environmental Impact Statement promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the lower 4 Lower Snake River Dams this year (in 2018). Waddell, Twa and others have demonstrated that the 2002 EIS can be used to breach these dams and they have created Appendix D that would reduce the cost of breaching by $600Million. No new authorities are needed to place these dams in “non-operational” status; the Corps can do so immediately if they are asked. Please follow the proposed timeline for breaching beginning in 2018 as follows:
Please ask the Army Corps to begin breaching as follows:
Army Corps of Engineers can supplement the 2002 Environmental Impact Statement promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the lower 4 Snake River Dams this winter (in 2018).
The fate of the last 74 Endangered Southern Resident Orcas is in your hands. I urge you to do everything possible to save them. As highest level of priority, I request that Alternative 4 in the active 2002 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be implemented starting in December of 2018.
(Additional Comments: ……………………………………………………………………………………)
Please kindly respond to let me know what you will do for the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas.
. …..............SIGNED (your name)....................
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Please write to each of these TWO addresses:
To: Lt. General Todd T Semonite
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000
Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 2870, Portland, OR 97208-2870
NOTE: Especially for constituents/residents of Washington State, please contact Senators Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell (below).
To: Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
To: Senator Maria Cantwell
511 Hart SOB
Washington, D.C. 20510
REQUEST a BAN on FISHING Chinook Salmon: Call, Write, E-Message, and/or Fax the Director of the Washington State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Kelly Surewind, as well as Governor Inslee.
Request "an immediate temporary suspension on salmon commercial/recreational salmon fishing Chinook Salmon in the Salish Sea until populations can grow to healthy levels and the Southern Resident Orcas are no longer in danger of extinction.”
Director Kelly Susewind, Washington Fisheries and Wildlife
Address: P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 902-2200
Fax: (360) 902-2947
Please tell the Army Corps of Engineers to supplement the 2002 EIS promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the lower 4 Snake River Dams now! This would be a controlled hydraulic breach of the earthen embankment of Lower Granite, then Little Goose Dams (Alternative 4) starting in 2018."
Governor Jay Inslee
phone: (360) 902-4111
fax: (360) 753-4110
Senator Patty Murray (425) 259-6515
fax: (509) 624-9561
Senator Maria Cantwell (202) 224-3441
fax: (202) 228-0514
NOAA, Barry Thom (503) 231-6266
BPA (Bonneville Power Administration) oversees the hydroelectric power from the dams in Washington & Oregon. More info: https://bit.ly/2Q5dbip
Elliot Mainzer, Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration
905 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
SIGN & "Share" these TEN online PETITIONS, and be sure to include (please COPY & PASTE):
"While I am aware of the ongoing Southern Resident Recovery and Task Force, the government efforts to save the Chinook Salmon (primary food source of) and Endangered Southern Resident Orcas are failing and costing billions in taxpayer dollars. There is no need to fund the CRSO/EIS process which would take too long. Army Corps of Engineers can supplement the 2002 Environmental Impact Statement promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the lower 4 Snake River Dams this year (in 2018)."
Battle For Blackfish Tweetsheet: https://preview.tinyurl.com/ycuq9jsf
Tweetsheet from Tilikum & Co: "News Related to the Southern Resident Orcas and Their Struggle to Survive"
The current URL goes to the FB action meme. I would like to have these six tweets going back to the action page that you create. So may I get these
"The Remaining 74 Assembly: at The (Washington State) Capital"
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM PST
Washington State Capitol: on The Temple of Justice stairs @ 415 12th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504
Facebook event information: https://bit.ly/2ENqjam
"March for the Southern Resident Killer Whales"
Saturday, November 17th @ 11:00 am - NANAIMO!!
With the recent decision by the federal government NOT to take emergency action to save the endangered southern orcas that only number 74 - WE MUST SPEAK FOR THEM! Please let your friends on Vancouver Island know about this event! https://bit.ly/2z9hToy
"Free the Snake" (VIDEO): https://www.freethesnake.com/
JOIN & INVITE friends to our “16,425 Days A Slave!” FB group for updates & actions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/origamiwhalesproject
"Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say" https://bit.ly/2DkIYry
Center for Whale Research: www.whaleresearch.com
Sept. 13, 2018 UPDATE on Scarlet (J50)
With a heavy heart I am deeply saddened to share from the Center for Whale Research (San Juan Island, WA) Sept. 13, 2018 press release: "Her last known sighting was Friday, September 7 by our colleagues at NOAA, SeaDoc, and others. The Center for Whale Research has had a vessel on the water looking for J50 for the past three days."
In the meantime, all updates, photographs, and video are available at the NOAA Fisheries West Coast website."
#J50 Update (9/13/2018 #2): While the Center for Whale Research has declared J50 dead due to multiple sightings of her family without her in the past few days, the response team is continuing their search on the water and in the air. The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an aerial search and team members are searching by boat in likely locations in U.S. and Canadian waters. We have not given up. The hotline for stranding reports is 1-866-767-6114. We will continue to post updates here and at bit.ly/NOAAJ50J35.
Send Comments and questions to NOAA Fisheries at: KillerWhale.Help@noaa.gov
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