Now that the legislative session is over, where do the Orca Task Force recommendations stand? Has progress been made? The BOLD team has the answers in this easy-to-read scorecard.
Thank you to everyone who’s been following and engaging with their legislators to help critical bills get passed! There is still more work to be done in a lot of areas as you will find out in this report particularly in funding salmon habitat projects.
After decades of litigation, the Columbia and Snake River dams are once again under federal analysis. These salmon were once an enormous contributor of salmon for people, orcas, and wildlife. Their bodies contributed nutrients to marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Now, the Columbia Basin is home to endangered or even extinct runs of salmon. Executive Director of Save our Wild Salmon Coalition, Joseph Bogaard and commercial fisherman Amy Grondin discuss the shared value of salmon, politics, and current opportunities to comment and engage on this issue.
While we’re home staying safe there are not one but TWO opportunities to tell our leaders that dams and salmon do not mix. Endangered Southern Resident killer whales need these fish to live, reproduce, and thrive once again. The two comment periods focus on the Columbia/Snake River system dam operations and a proposal for a NEW dam on the Chehalis River. Your BOLD team breaks down the thousands of pages of both of these Draft Environmental Impact Statements to help you understand what’s at stake and how make effective comments.
Flooding on the Chehalis River prompted a proposal to build a new dam on one of the most pristine rivers in Washington State. As of today, salmon in this river are doing relatively well and Southern Resident killer whales depend on them. Learn more from Lee First of Twin Harbors Waterkeeper and Cindy Hansen of Orca Network. Together both these experts work together with partners on the Chehalis River Alliance. Learn more about this proposed project in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and comment by May 27th, 2020. Want a summary of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and tips for commenting? Check out this BOLD guide. Watch a documentary film, Chehalis: A Watershed Moment, about the Chehalis River and proposed project to learn more.
Ropes from fishing gear entangle many species of whales every year. If these lines don’t kill the animal, detrimental injuries often reduce their fitness and ability to forage. The group SMELTS has developed a unique piece of gear utilizing technology for fishermen to call up their gear on demand using a “lift bag” or essentially a powerful balloon to bring the traps to the surface. Learn more.
Gloria Pancrazi, one of the creators of the upcoming film, Coextinction, joins us to talk about Southern Resident killer whales and their close relationship with imperiled salmon runs. Plus, learn more about the upcoming “March for the Dams,” a walk from Portland to the first of the four lower Snake River Dams. *Note, the federal Environmental Impact Statement relating to the Snake River dams has been released February 28th, 2020 and you can find more information here.