Friends..... this page is devoted to a cause that is very, very close to my heart, and many of your hearts as well. The three local orca pods here in the Puget Sound, known as J, K and L pods, are starving to death. This is not an exaggeration. Our local orcas have evolved differently from other orcas and they specifically eat Chinook salmon. There are a number of reasons the salmon numbers are dwindling precariously.... the number one reason has to do with the four dams on the lower Snake River, a river that feeds into the mighty Columbia, which flows into the ocean and used to release thousands of salmon into the Pacific and into the Puget Sound every season.

Since 2013, at least two dozen of our resident orcas have died prematurely, 7 of whom were babies or neonates, and 3 who were under the age of twenty. The average lifespan of a resident female orca is considered to be 50 years old, while the lifespan of a resident male orca is considered to be 29 years old. A few, including the well-known Granny who died recently, have lived over 100 years.

If you know me well at all, you know that I feel a very special kinship with these amazing whales, who are technically the largest of the dolphins. They are both dolphins and whales! I have experienced them up close and personal a number of times, and it is very clear that the eyes staring into mine are filled with intelligence and wisdom. These pods are revered by local Northwest tribes and communities, and there are a number of research groups also working hard to lobby for the breaching of the dams, including the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, the Orca Network on Whidbey Island, the Damsense.org group.

IMPORTANT VIDEO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vVFEwqxMRo

Once you've watched this, feel free to investigate more videos and pertinent info at the websites listed at the bottom and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, please take a few moments to email and/or contact the individuals below. The primary person we want to hear us is GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE of Washington, who has the authority to formally request the Army Corps of Engineers to breach these four dams, which they will likely do once given such a request, as we have been advised by authorities in this area.

THANK YOU on behalf of ORCA ACTION NOW and all who love and care for these beautiful orca brothers and sisters who grace our waters and remind us of our heritage. Not only will this action help keep orcas from extinction, but will give an opportunity for our endangered ecosystems throughout the Puget Sound to heal and bring back many species from the brink of extinction, as well. All life is related - humans are included in this cycle as well.

Contact info for State and Federal officials is below...

State Officials

Washington Governor Jay Inslee

PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002, Phone: 360-902-4111

Email a message

Website: Jay Inslee // Twitter: @govinslee

United States Senator for Washington, Patty Murray

2988 Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174, Phone: 206-553-5545

Email a message

Website: PattyMurray.com // Twitter: @MurrayCampaign

United States Senator for Washington, Senator Maria Cantwell

511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone: 202-224-3441

Email a message

Website: Maria Cantwell // Twitter: @Senator Cantwell

Federal Agency Officials

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator

Bonneville Power Administration, 905 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 800-282-3713

Website: bpa.gov

Lieutenant General Todd T Semonite

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phone: 202-761-0011

Email a message choosing “Civil Works”

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314-1000, Phone: 202-761-1878

Email a message choosing “Civil Works”

Website: usace.army.mil

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Public Affairs

201 North 3rd Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876, Phone: 509-527-7020

Email a message choosing “Civil Works”

NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Western Regional Center

7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone: 206-526-6150


KEY WEBSITES with all the INFO you could possibly want or need:

Center for Whale Research: https://www.whaleresearch.com/

Damsense.org: https://damsense.org/

The Orca Network: https://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/