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Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales need your help!
Southern Resident Killer Whales - Painting created by our Co-Founder Peggy Oki
TAKE ACTION: Breaching the lower Snake River dams
Why should the 4 lower Snake River Dams be breached?
The endangered exclusively fish-eating ecotype Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas) of the Pacific Northwest comprised of J, K, & L Pods are threatened with extinction. Prior to the 20th century there were more than 200 Southern Resident Killer Whales. Today there are only 73 members living in the wild. The fate of their primary food source (up to 80%) Chinook Salmon is inherently connected to their continual decrease in population. The lower snake river dams have severely impacted the spawning habitat of endangered Chinook Salmon which in recent years have dropped to 1%.
Important: The Biden Administration is currently taking a "60 day stay" to continue mediation regarding the outcome of the four lower Snake River dams. While we await the final decision (the 'stay' ends on October 31st), please continue contacting the Biden Administration to voice your support of breaching the dams. Speaking up on behalf of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales [and the salmon they rely on] is crucial for ensuring their survival. We will update this section with news as soon as the announcement is made - hopefully in early November. Thank you for taking action!
The White House comment line is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am - 3pm EST. Leaving a voicemail is only possible within these designated hours, so we kindly urge you to make your call during their operational times.
📞 Phone number: (202) 456-1111
📞 TTY/TTD - For the hearing impaired, please use this number: 202-456-6213
You can also send a text to President Biden's community line. Note: Once you send a text, you'll get a response with a link. You will need to provide your contact details via that link to ensure your text is registered and sent.
📞 Text number: (302) 404-0880
Hand-written letters can make a huge impact! Please consider sending a letter or postcard to President Biden as soon as possible to ensure your feedback is received. We encourage you to use your voice to support the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams. Please refer to the additional information below to help personalize your letter.
Mail to: President Biden - The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
If unable to send a letter, please consider sending an email through The White House contact form.
Click here for the contact form.
Additional information regarding breaching the lower Snake River dams:
List of policy & factual points for breaching the four lower snake river dams by Damsense: https://damsense.org/policy-factual-points-breaching-four-lower-snake-river-dams/
Breaching the LSRDs will help combat climate change. The warm stagnant reservoirs behind the dams emit significant methane gas, which will end with breaching. After the dams have been breached, the restored vegetation along the 140 mile river corridor will sequester a lot more carbon than the current barren banks. Breaching will also bolster carbon storage in the forests and grasslands upstream of the dams, with more salmon bringing more nutrients to these inland areas. Breaching the lower Snake River dams will be a big boost to the Biden Administration's 30x30 program (protecting 30% of US lands and waters by 2030). A 140 mile corridor from Tri-Cities WA to Lewiston ID, over 14,000 acres of valuable wetlands and riparian areas will be restored, providing crucial habitat and connectivity for native wildlife and plants.
The Snake River was once one of the most productive salmon rivers on the West Coast. It produced more than half of the Northwest’s Spring Chinook and significant portions of Northwest sockeye, coho, Fall Chinook, and steelhead trout, totaling 4-6 million fish returning to the Snake River Basin each year. These fish are iconic in their own right but they also fed ecosystems and economies from the Pacific to the Continental Divide. Salmon, and especially Chinook, feed Southern Resident Killer Whales off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. These orcas are also in decline due to the loss of this primary food source. Salmon similarly benefit more than 130 other species in the region, ranging from grizzly bears and bald eagles to mayflies and Ponderosa pines. Removing them from the ecosystem has already led to troubling signs in the health of Idaho’s forests. Salmon are also a primary component of indigenous Tribes’ diets, cultures, religions, and economies. Where once Northwest Tribal members ate more than a pound of salmon per day, they’d now be fortunate to eat one fish per year. Tribal jobs and revenue have declined with the fish populations. Restoring these ecosystems and economies requires a significant increase in the number of wild salmon and steelhead returning to the Snake River. According to both the Columbia River System Operations EIS and the NOAA “Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead” report, that’s only possible by breaching the lower Snake River dams and restoring a free-flowing river. That’s what restoration of the lower Snake River means - there are no compromise alternatives. The Biden Administration must take this action, replace the services provided by the dams, and watch as salmon bring a river back to life.
Stand with Native Youth: Support Removal of the Snake River Dams
Urge DOE Secretary to ensure BPA aligns with the Administration to prevent species extinction
Prevent logging activity in the rivers and destruction of Chinook salmon habitat
Urge the Biden Administration to work with the Northwest people to modernize the Columbia River Treaty
Tell the Department of Energy to breach the Lower Snake River Dams this year.
Support Indigenous calls to remove Snake River dams and restore salmon
Tell Congress and the administration to protect salmon and orcas by breaching the dams.
We have compiled numerous articles regarding the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the threats they are facing. Please click the button below for more information.
For more information about the Snake River dams: Please watch Free the Snake, DamNation, & Artifishal. You can find all of these on our Recommended Viewing page (Scroll down to the Youtube section).
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