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Save Our Orcas

The Southern Resident Orca pod that makes its home in the Puget Sound is critically endangered. Scientists warn that they will not survive unless we take bold action to save them.

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[This is] our fault and that's why we need to do everything possible to try to recover [Chinook]. And so when we’re talking about what are the fastest ways to recover chinook salmon. A big one is removing dams, removing dams that are blocking passageways up to natal rivers, up to high elevations and cold water habitats. As we remove dams we’re literally removing barriers for these fish to get back to where they’re trying to get. Dr. Deborah Giles, Science and Research Director with Wild Orca
The loss of any species is devastating no matter what it is, but losing salmon would be—for the entire ecosystem—unfathomable. It feels very urgent and real and like it could happen tomorrow. Blaire Englebrecht, Policy and Boating Programs Manager, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
I encourage everyone to care for our environment because every aspect of our lives depends upon it, and we are the ones responsible for its care and preservation. Theresa Gallant, Member, Environment Washington
I support Environment Washington because the climate emergency is the most important issue we’re faced with, and it’s quite clear that the world is going to be uninhabitable if we continue with all our practices that contribute to climate change. Cal Kinnear, Member, Environment Washington

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Leaders raise ‘Voices for Orcas’

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Leaders raise ‘Voices for Orcas’

On March 9, Environment Washington launched the "Voices for Orcas" website as part of our campaign to save the Southern Resident orcas from extinction

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