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SRKW advocates to present 250K petition signatures to Gov. Jay Inslee August 28

PRESS RELEASE: During the past month, more than 210,000 people have signed a petition to demand that breaching the four lower Snake River dams begin this year to provide the starving Southern Resident orcas the food they need. The petition can be found at www.srkwcsi.org. The petition organizers will present the signatures to Governor Jay Inslee at the Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force meeting on August 28, 2018 at Swinomish Casino in Anacortes.

J35 keeping her dead calf afloat 24 hours after its birth. Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

For 17 days this summer the world watched as Tahlequah/J35 carried her dead baby, refusing to release her calf to the sea. The world is still watching Scarlet/J50, the ailing, emaciated 3½ year old female orca, who refuses to surrender herself to the sea. She has metabolized all of her toxin-laden blubber, 20% of her body weight. This has suppressed her immune system, but she is still struggling to live.

Since Tahlequah began to focus the world’s attention on the plight of the orcas, she has let go of her calf. Scarlet (J-50) continues to struggle to survive in her native waters, where there are no longer enough Chinook salmon to feed all the orcas.

Tahlequah and Scarlet have shown us that they do not want their clan to go extinct. We continue the fight on their behalf. The orcas need food. Now. Breaching these dams is the single best opportunity to provide the largest supply of Chinook salmon the fastest for the starving Southern Resident orcas.

Today we ask Governor Inslee to publicly support one of the boldest, most effective actions that would increase salmon abundance for these whales: breaching the four Lower Snake River dams. 


  • Sheila LeClair Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:56 Comment Link Report

    Are you all that insensitive to the plight of these mammals that you would rather let them disappear just to line your pockets? You need to do as much as possible to save them for our children and generstions to come. Open the dams NOW!!!

  • Cathy Roberson Sunday, 26 August 2018 16:18 Comment Link Report

    NOAA Fisheries does not want to breach the dams! If they do not want to breach the dams then what will make Governor Inslee and our Washington sensors agree to breach the dams?? If they refuse to breach the dams, do not vote for them. They are hoping public pressure will die down and we will all forget about J35, J50, and they SRKW pods. NOAA hasn't done a thing to save these whales in the past 30 years. It's time to tell our government that if they don't listen to the people, they will no longer have jobs!! Keep up the pressure! Breach the damn dams!!!

  • Kurt Zwar Sunday, 26 August 2018 16:15 Comment Link Report

    Puget Sound river delta estuaries are collapsing due to high wind-waves damaging the low marsh estuary edge (see Giulio Mariotti...."Critical width of tidal flats triggers marsh collapse in the absence of sea-level rise". This paradigm shift details how large tidal flats have a critical threshold size, beyond which the factors of higher wind-waves, tidal basin widening and tidal basin deepening will have a runaway affect destroying the entire marsh. These large tide flat marine basins will end up destroying all river delta estuaries. We need to understand this new estuary survival model, which replaces the relative sea level rise vs sediment flow model that is now obsolete. We need to defend the lateral estuary edge with Geotubes in the tide flats in all Puget Sound river deltas with large, expanding tidal flats. Failure to do see will doom the river delta estuaries.

  • Paula Dyer Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:43 Comment Link Report

    Please breach the dams ASAP.

  • ML Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:27 Comment Link Report

    Please breach the dams now as any further delays are just causing the decline of the resident orcas. DO IT NOW

  • lynda sequichie Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:25 Comment Link Report

    breach the dams

  • Mya Saturday, 25 August 2018 17:34 Comment Link Report

    Please save these whales and breach these dams!!!

  • J V Fisher Saturday, 25 August 2018 10:39 Comment Link Report

    Please please, for the sake of our seas and the creatures that we rely on ....
    Breach the damns

  • Katherine Fellows Friday, 24 August 2018 23:40 Comment Link Report

    Please do whatever it is you need to do to reverse this decline in population including breaching the dams to allow the salmon to return. For once it would be nice if we put the needs of another species above our own.

  • Anna Grice Friday, 24 August 2018 21:41 Comment Link Report

    Our actions today to save these Orcas will make a huge difference in the future, tomorrow will be too too late! Inaction is not an option if we want to secure their future.

  • Jennifer Justice Friday, 24 August 2018 21:05 Comment Link Report

    Breach the dams , further delays are just causing the decline of the resident orcas. DO IT NOW

  • Austin Stoner Friday, 24 August 2018 20:34 Comment Link Report

    As fellow earthlings we must do what we can to ensure these loving giants continue their journey here on earth .

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