Southern Resident orcas eat almost exclusively Chinook salmon, but their primary food source is in scarce supply all throughout their range. The Lower Snake River has historically held some of the largest salmon runs in the region and has been an important food source for the Southern Resident orcas, but unfortunately, the Chinook salmon that endangered Southern Resident orcas depend on are on a path to extinction.
I support breaching the Lower Snake River dams and restoring a free-flowing Lower Snake River. This is the single biggest opportunity we have to restore salmon to abundance. We have alternatives for how we can power our society and move goods from one place to another. Salmon don’t have this choice. They need a river, and orcas need salmon.