ACTION page for Endangered Southern Resident Orcas

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.

To learn more about the important connection between saving Endangered Chinook/King Salmon and their important connection to the ecosystem where they spawn, please scroll down to watch the 7:30 minute video "Free the Snake”.

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).

Too busy?

You can DOWNLOAD & PRINT our SAMPLE LETTERS by clicking on the links in the righthand column, sign & send.

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.

SAMPLE COMMENTS:


Dear Governor Jay Inslee,

I am writing to you regarding actions to save the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas, also known as J, K, and L Pods. 

Along with people across the world, I am moved by the very sad and disturbing news of mother Southern Resident Orca (aka SRKWs) Tahlequah (J35) carrying and mourning her dead calf for over 17 days, approximately 1,000 miles; followed soon after by the reported presumed death of 3.5 year old Scarlet (J50). And at the beginning of this new year it was announced that two more SRKWs, Princess Angeline (J17) and Scoter (K35) are predicted to die due to starvation. These current events bring to light how crucial it is to prevent this iconic Endangered species from going extinct. While it was good to see emergency measures by NOAA to attempt to save J50’s life, we must consider the indicators that scientists have brought attention to for many years. 

Ken Balcomb, Founder and Senior Scientist, Center for Whale Research stated “...this Endangered population are dependent upon Chinook salmon for their primary food source. (Referring to Tahlequah’s calf) This baby whale (and 100% of the pregnancies in the past three years) failed to be viable because the mothers do not have sufficient food. Period. We’ve got at most five more years of reproductive life in this population to make it happen, but if we don’t do it in those five years, it isn’t going to happen.” 

The Southern Resident Orcas are literally starving to death due to lack of their primary food source, Endangered Chinook Salmon, that rely upon historic spawning habitat within the lower Snake River region. Lack of this crucial food source exacerbates the other anthropogenic impacts considered by your Southern Resident Recovery and Task Force (Task Force).

The Task Force failed to recommend the bold action, immediate breaching of the 4 Lower Snake River Dams (4LSRDs) necessary to save these endangered whales while disregarding public input. In its Summary of Public Comments on 9/24 Report, the Task Force notes that the most prevalent comment received, of the 994 total comments relating to hydropower, called for dam removal. Indeed, 36.7 percent— or 365 comments—said “breach the lower Snake River dams,” while an additional 10.4 percent—or 103 comments—said to “prioritize and remove dams in general.” 

I am gravely disappointed with some of the recommendations you released on November 16th, especially your support of Task Force Recommendation 9, for stakeholder process to further discuss the potential breaching or removal of the 4LSRDs. This only delays action that should be taken immediately. 

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. Army Corps of Engineers can supplement the 2002 Environmental Impact Statement promptly and use Alternative 4 to breach the lower 4 Snake River Dams starting in winter 2018/19. 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 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 by Spring 2019. 

  1. Prepare Supplemental EIS materials & Record of Decision.
  2. Prepare/Solicit/Award Cost-Type Contract for Excavation
  3. Lower Granite draw-down begins.
  4. Controlled hydraulic breach of Lower Granite Little Goose drawdown begins.
  5. 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  these magnificent beings from the brink of extinction. As highest level of priority, I request that you take actual bold action as described, Alternative 4 to breach the 4 LowerSnake River Dams by Spring 2019.

Additional Comments: ...............................................

Please kindly respond to let me know what you will do for the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas.

Sincerely, 
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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:

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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 by Spring 2019." 

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 EIGHT 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 (by Spring 2019)."

  1. Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his key federal cabinet ministers to reverse their approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
    (Stand.Earth.org) https://bit.ly/2EhMPHg
  2. Take Action in Memory of J50! (Defenders of Wildlife): https://bit.ly/2EAPmfV
  3. "Declaration of the Rights of the Southern Resident Orcas": http://legalrightsforthesalishsea.org/petition/
  4. "Governor Jay Inslee, WA and OR Senators, and Lt. General Todd Semonite" (Endangered Species Coalition): https://bit.ly/2vaUj93
  5. "Question the Orca Task Force" (SRKWCSI / Change..org): https://bit.ly/2mNV0jN
  6. "Remove Snake River Dams & Save Salmon from Extinction" (to Army Corps of Engineers, Change..org): https://bit.ly/2yrgR8r
  7. "GOVERNOR INSLEE: ORCA NEED BOLD, IMMEDIATE ACTION" (American Rivers) https://bit.ly/2w6V2HH
  8. 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
  9. "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/2Flxkj3
  • 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/2Flxkj3
  • 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/2Flxkj3
  • 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/2Flxkj3
  • 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/2Flxkj3
  • 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/2Flxkj3

EVENTS, MEETINGS, etc.

Beginning February 4, 2019, Occupy Olympia, 17 Days & Nights for the Southern Resident Orcas
Public · Hosted by Michelle Seidelman and Kelly Iriye

Olympia State Capital Building
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, Washington 98501

Event information on Facebook. Please RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events...

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"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:

"Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say" https://bit.ly/2DkIYry

Center for Whale Research: www.whaleresearch.com

DamSense: www.damsense.org

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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

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  1. Sample letter to breach Gov
  2. Sample letter to 2 Army Corps
  3. Sample letter to Sen. Murray
  4. Sample letter to Sen. Cantwell

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