Salmon are the miner’s canary to the environment. And if the salmon goes, so do the orcas.
That’s why on March 9, Environment Washington launched the “Voices for Orcas” website as part of our campaign to save the Southern Resident orcas from extinction. With fewer than 80 Southern Resident orcas remaining, these beautiful creatures face multiple threats, including starvation resulting from a diminishing number of Chinook salmon in Puget Sound, which has dropped by 90% since the construction of dams along the Snake River.
“One of the most important things we can do to protect orcas from extinction is to restore the Snake River’s endangered chinook salmon populations by breaching the lower Snake River dams,” said Environment Washington Advocate Pam Clough.
Environment Washington will be going door to door this summer in an effort to build support to save the orcas by urging local residents to contact their legislators.
Watch the full event.
JOIN OUR CALL FOR ACTION
Along with millions of other Washingtonians, we believe that we must do everything in our power to save our orcas. If you agree, you can help by urging our senators to support breaching the Lower Snake River dams to restore the salmon populations that our orcas need to survive and thrive.
Photo: Environment Washington Campaign Associate Mandy Apa speaks at the the “Voices for Orcas” launch party. Credit: Staff