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Washington State - Puget Sound & Salmon

Columbia-Snake River Salmon Recovery Campaign

Snake River Flotilla

Sierra Club Director of Lands, Water and Wildlife, Dan Ritzman addresses H.R.3144

Read his letter to U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources HERE.

Our Puget Sound Orca/Snake River Salmon Connection –

What do Puget Sound Orca and Columbia Basin Rivers have in common...They both need more wild  salmon, particularly from the Snake River.  These two seemingly separate and distinct ecosystems are in fact integrally connected by the Southern Resident Population of Killer Whales (SRKW, e.g. Puget Sound Orca) and the chinook salmon that return to the fabled waters of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

For several months out of the year, late winter/early spring, orca travel down the Pacific Coast to the mouth of the Columbia River to feed on the chinook salmon that are returning to the Snake and Columbia River’s.   The SRKW population evolved to primarily feed on salmon and mostly on the fat rich chinook salmon.  The largest salmon runs in the world historically returned to the Columbia Basin and over 50% of these salmon came from Snake River and its tributaries.   These fish were, and remain, a critical food source for Puget Sound Orca.  Read the full article HERE.

Learn more about the campaign for Washington’s salmon . . .

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2017

Sierra Club Signs on
Twenty-five conservation organizations and fishing and whale-watch business associations call on Governor Inslee to act quickly to help critically endangered Columbia Basin salmon and Southern Resident killer whales.

To read full Press release, click HERE.

Puget Sound’s orca whales are on a path to extinction within a century, report says

Orcas headed to extinction unless we get them more chinook and quieter waters, report says

Scientists say the whale’s strongest chance for survival in the Puget Sound is a rebound of a particular type of salmon.

Originally published October 27, 2017 at 6:00 am Updated October 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm
Linda V. Mapes

Read the full article from The Seattle Times

Read the study published in journal Scientific Reports, lead author, Robert C. Lacy

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Redmond Students Launch Challenge To Fight Climate Change

Mike Town (Photo Credit: Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX)After Donald Trump's election, many students in the Seattle area walked out of classes in protest. But at a small public school in Redmond, they took a different approach. Students there have vowed instead to counter Trump’s threat to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. They say even if the U.S. doesn’t meet the carbon reduction goals in the accord, they will. 

The idea for their Schools Under 2C° organization came from their environmental science and engineering teacher, Mike Town, also the volunteer chair of the new  State Forests Committee of the Washington State Sierra Club. (Photo of Mike Town by Parker Miles Blohm, KNKX)redit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX 

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40 Groups Oppose New Dams, Diversions in Alpine Lakes Area

Colchuck Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness (USDA)Water Conservation is Better Option for Water Scarcity

Forty conservation and outdoor recreation organizations submitted comments on a controversial proposal to build dams and divert water from seven lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This 400,000-acre federal wilderness area is among the most popular and beloved wilderness areas in the United States.

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The Ivy League and the Legion of Broom

Work party to remove invasive speciesPierce County's Tatoosh group takes on invasive plants 

For many years now, Tatoosh Group members have worked to remove invasive plants from parks in Tacoma. Known informally as the Ivy League, the group has traditionally focused on removing English ivy from forested areas, such as Point Defiance Park and Snake Lake Nature Preserve.

The Ivy League is now expanding its work to other areas of Tacoma and Pierce County. 

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South King County Group Restores Habitat and Fights Coal

Owl: Dan StreiffertThe South King County Group has a long-term commitment to restoring habitat along Soos Creek.  Members of the South King County Group have completed many service events at Soos Creek Park to address rebounding invasive flora at their past planting sites. They also helped with a large King County volunteer event in support of our Soos Creek Park work.

The group received a $5,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to support purchase of plants and hog fuel. Two service outings included plantings and restoration using these new materials.

Here's more news about their volunteer work in south King County -- including what they're doing to fight coal!

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State Chapter Leaders (ExCom) Election

Vote now for At-large candidates

Your ballot must be received at the chapter office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 Chapter Election

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