TIME IS RUNNING OUT - Don't Let Orcas Be Dammed!
Dammed to Extinction?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recently recognized that these orcas live on the brink of extinction, and have designated them as a “Species in the Spotlight,” in need of swift recovery efforts. Restoring healthy rivers and abundant wild salmon runs is one of the best actions we can take to help the Southern Residents. As well as reducing salmon populations, old, decrepit, “deadbeat” dams can also cause other issues, like pollution and habitat degradation, and have a huge economic cost to upgrade and maintain. The changes caused by dams can have irreversible consequences for our oceans, and the whales and dolphins who live there. The human race has reshaped and altered the flow of rivers, and in doing so has caused many of these unintended changes to river ecosystems.
Restoring salmon populations will have a significant positive impact on the remaining Southern Resident orcas.
Without salmon, these orcas will NOT recover.
“Deadbeat dams” are those that have outlived their intended use and continue to cause more harm than good on river systems in the Pacific Northwest. By blocking access to historic spawning grounds and degrading river habitats, these dams are destroying Pacific Northwest salmon populations that the Southern Residents need to survive. Deadbeat dams are prime candidates for removal, as they are old, in disrepair and have outlived their intended use. We are asking you to support WDC in our efforts for ecosystem recovery in the Pacific Northwest, to increase Chinook salmon populations and help the Southern Resident orca community survive and thrive.
7 Things you can do today:
- Join the #MigrationNation and be the voice for Southern Resident orcas in restoring west coast rivers.
- Contact your local elected officials and ask them to support river and ecosystem recovery in the Pacific Northwest.
- Be smart when buying salmon at the grocery store – avoid Chinook salmon and download an app that helps you choose sustainable seafood.
- Buy salmon-safe and other green goods and products.
- Learn more about orcas and salmon and tell your friends!
- Follow WDC for more ways to help and future actions to support ecosystem recovery in the Pacific Northwest.
- Donate to WDC! Financially support the work that we are doing to protect the Southern Residents and other orca populations.