ACTION page for Endangered Southern Resident Orcas

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 (year 2022!). Please tell 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).

1 hand-written letter is equivalent to 20 phone calls!

According to the Amnesty International Campaigning Manual, individual written letters can demonstrate a depth of knowledge and personal concern, while letters from eminent people can have a particularly great impact. You can copy (and paste into your word-processing program) any of our pre-written, customisable messages.”

+ If you prefer to COPY & PASTE to your own letterhead along with comments, please be sure to include these key comments:

SAMPLE COMMENTS:


Dear ………………………………………

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:

1) October 2018: Prepare Supplemental EIS materials & Record of Decision.
2) November 2018: Prepare/Solicit/Award Cost-Type Contract for Excavation
3) 31 December 2018: Lower Granite draw-down begins (at the latest!)
4) 1 February 2019: Controlled hydraulic breach of Lower Granite Little Goose drawdown begins.
5) 30 March 2019: Lower Granite & Little Goose breached. 70 miles of Free Snake River.

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.

Sincerely, 

.
…..............SIGNED (your name).................... 

1) Governor Jay Inslee

To:
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

2) Army Corps of Engineers

Please write to each of these TWO addresses:
To: Lt. General Todd T Semonite
Headquarters
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000

AND

To:
Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division
P.O. Box 2870, Portland, OR 97208-2870

3) +2 senators in WA state may be personalized.

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

+ If you prefer to COPY & PASTE to your own letterhead along with comments, please be sure to include these key comments:

Voice your concerns online to the Southern Resident Recovery and Task Force!

SAMPLE COMMENT:

"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 (year 2022!). Please tell the Army Corps of Engineers to supplement the 2002 Environmental Impact Statement promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the 4 Lower Snake River Dams this year (in 2018)."

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Please provide public feedback (online) on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force DRAFT REPORT!

PUBLIC COMMENT period will close at midnight (PDT) on October 7, 2018.

For specific comments, please refer to A SIMPLIFIED GUIDE TO THE SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCA TASK FORCE DRAFT REPORT

PUBLIC COMMENT SURVEY. Please read "Information on using this guide" and click on the > (arrow) at right side of each page to navigate this guide. https://indd.adobe.com/...

TIP: You can work more easily by opening both the page below to submit your comments and select the boxes as noted by the * (asterisk) in the SIMPLIFIED GUIDE above in your web browser.

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS https://www.surveymonkey.com/...

SAMPLE COMMENT to copy & paste:

"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 (year 2022!). Please tell 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)."

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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
Email: director@dfw.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 902-2200
Fax: (360) 902-2947

Phone & other contact info. Please copy & paste essential comment below. 

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." Ask for Lieutenant General Todd T Semonite, Chief of Engineers (202) 761-0000

Governor Jay Inslee
phone: (360) 902-4111
fax: (360) 753-4110
e-message: https://bit.ly/2F7AWDN
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GovInslee

Senator Patty Murray (425) 259-6515
fax: (509) 624-9561
e-message: https://bit.ly/2jsVl8T
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PattyMurray

Senator Maria Cantwell (202) 224-3441
fax: (202) 228-0514
e-message: https://bit.ly/2lzQshJ
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenatorCantwell

NOAA, Barry Thom (503) 231-6266
e-mail: KillerWhale.Help@NOAA.gov

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
800-282-3713 

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)."

  1. "Governor Jay Inslee, WA and OR Senators, and Lt. General Todd Semonite" (Endangered Species Coalition): https://bit.ly/2vaUj93
  2. "Question the Orca Task Force" (SRKWCSI / Change..org): https://bit.ly/2mNV0jN
  3. "Sound the Alarm for Orcas" to Gov. Inslee and Southern Resident Orca Recovery Task Force (EarthJustice): https://bit.ly/2o3oieM
  4. "Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to move faster" (Center for Biological Diversity): https://bit.ly/2LCkgYc
  5. "Remove Snake River Dams & Save Salmon from Extinction" (to Army Corps of Engineers, Change..org): https://bit.ly/2yrgR8r
  6. "Tell the Southern Resident Orca Recovery Task Force" (Oceana): https://bit.ly/2Ax48mF
  7. "GOVERNOR INSLEE: ORCA NEED BOLD, IMMEDIATE ACTION" (American Rivers) https://bit.ly/2w6V2HH
  8. "Stop HR 3144 - An attack on salmon, orca, and tribal treaty rights!...will push salmon and orca closer to EXTINCTION." https://bit.ly/2whfrei
  9. Request "an immediate BAN on FISHING Chinook Salmon in the Salish Sea until populations can grow to healthy levels and our Orcas are no longer facing extinction.” (PNW Protectors) https://bit.ly/2wypydJ 
  10. "Save the whales: emergency closures needed now" in CANADA: https://www.raincoast.org/action

TWEET!

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"
https://preview.tinyurl.com/ybraxun6

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

COPY & PASTE (6) to Tweet & ReTweet

  • Update: J50 (Scarlet) presumed dead! "A typed or hand-written letter carries most weight with any recipient." SEND LETTERS to SAVE the last 74 ENDANGERED Southern Resident Orcas! Origami Whales Project FB link here to sample letters, key comments, etc. https://bit.ly/2w5MC4p
  • Such heartbreak: J50 (Scarlet) presumed dead. "A typed or hand-written letter carries the most weight with any recipient." SEND LETTERS 2 SAVE the last 75 ENDANGERED Southern Resident Orcas! Origami Whales Project FB link: sample letters, key comments... https://bit.ly/2w5MC4p
  • SAVE the last 74 Endangered Southern Resident Orcas! We must do EVERYTHING in our power to have the lower 4 Snake River dams breached THIS YEAR to provide necessary spawning grounds for the Endangered Chinook Salmon (primary food source of these Orcas). https://bit.ly/2w5MC4p
  • Scarlet (J50) gone, 74 Endangered Southern Resident Orcas one step closer to extinction! Do EVERYTHING in our power to have the lower 4 Snake River dams breached THIS YEAR to Restore spawning grounds for the Endangered Chinook Salmon to feed these Orcas https://bit.ly/2w5MC4p
  • J50 (Scarlet) presumed dead, and now only 74 ENDANGERED Southern Resident Orcas "A typed or hand-written letter carries the most weight with any recipient." SEND LETTERS 2 SAVE the last of this iconic species! FB link w/ sample letters, key comments, etc. https://bit.ly/2w5MC4p
  • SAVE the last 74 Endangered Southern Resident Orcas! We must do EVERYTHING in our power to have the lower 4 Snake River dams breached THIS YEAR to provide necessary spawning grounds for the Endangered Chinook Salmon (primary food source of these Orcas). https://bit.ly/2w5MC4p

EVENTS, MEETINGS, etc.

In British Columbia: "17 day Vigil for an Orca" begins October 1, 2018 at 5PM till 7 PM at the inner harbour.

March with us to strengthen the voice of J35, who held her dead calf on the surface of the Salish Sea for 17 days. We urge the government to take emergency action to save and protect the Southern resident Pods.

These are our requests:

  • Increased funding for salmon hatcheries and hatchery technology
  • Increased funding for salmon habitat rehabilitation
  • No increase in toxic material transportation through the Salish Sea
  • Orca foraging area closures with no fishing and no whale watching
  • Chinook closures
  • Rebuilding plans for Chinook salmon
  • No increase in shipping (Terminal 2 and TransMountain cannot be approved)
  • Slow downs and lateral displacement for ships in Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait
  • Regulation of the whale watch industry (boats, times, days, hours etc)

EVENT PAGE on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2yiKs1J

SPEAK UP at upcoming Orca Task Force meetings!

Meeting #5: October 17 & 18, 9am-5pm, Lacey, WA 98503
Info: https://bit.ly/2HWYLjb

"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

more info: www.damsense.org

Center for Whale Research: www.whaleresearch.com

Sept. 13, 2018 UPDATE on Scarlet (J50)

Scarlet "J50 is missing and now presumed dead.”

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

Artwork by Ninjagrl website: https://ninjagrl.com

URGENT!

PLEASE CONTACT PREMIER WYNNE AT:

Phone - 416-325-1941
(as to speak to her assistant)

Message Kathleen Wynne

https://correspondence....

OR E-mail her constituency office and ask that they forward your concerns to her Queen's Park address: kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org