The orca along the Washington coast require healthy and prolific Chinook salmon runs in the Columbia-Snake Basin and the Salish Sea. The historic spawning grounds for the Chinook salmon, largely blocked by the four lower Snake River dams, must be restored to increase survival rates for juvenile salmon and help grow wild salmon populations.
Once, many orca roamed the Salish Sea, but now only 74 remain. They will die without abundant runs of Chinook salmon to feed on. The Washington State Orca Task Force delivered its recommendations to Governor Jay Inslee on how to best protect the orca and the marine habitats on which they depend, for the short term and long term.
Tell Governor Inslee to protect our endangered orca and salmon by prioritizing action on (1) increasing spill over the dams, (2) the lower Snake River dam removal stakeholder process, and (3) protecting current habitat and reopening historic habitat for salmon!
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