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Local Elected Officials
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Washington State Governor:
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Washington State Legislators:
1. Support Fair Fisheries
Fisheries managers establish a “total allowable catch” each year (North of Falcon), and currently, the entire catch is designated for human consumption—with nothing allocated for whales. The public can demand change. We must insist that NOAA and the Pacific Salmon Commission acknowledge the needs of the SRKWs and allocate salmon for them, while honoring tribal treaty rights. Southern Resident Killer Whales are a federally protected, endangered species. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a legal obligation to safeguard the whale’s prey. But they’re not adhering to this requirement (learn more at wildorca.org).
Stay tuned for opening of 2020 Public Comments.
2. Request immediate breaching of the lower Snake River dams
The SRKWs now spend the majority of their time outside of the Salish Sea, searching for salmon on the coast of WA, CA, and OR. The Columbia and Snake River salmon stocks are on the NOAA priority list, furthermore the four dams are all run-of-river facilities, which means that they have limited storage capacity in their reservoirs and pass water through the dam at about the same rate as it enters the reservoir. They provide irrigation for 13 farms, 4% of the region's electricity, and the barging is taxpayer-supported.
Write Officials about lower Snake River dam breaching: Click here
3. Follow the Fraser Test Fishery
The purpose of the multi-panel net is to ensure representative sampling of Chinook passing through the lower Fraser River, due to the wide range of body sizes observed in Fraser River Chinook stocks.
4. Support Survive the Sound
Survive the Sound is an interactive online game from May 4-8 of each year where students and the general public are invited to follow their favorite fish character as it migrates through Puget Sound. The game uses real data collected as part of LLTK’s research efforts to tell the story of imperiled steelhead and the challenges they face. During the journey, everyone develops a deeper connection to their local environment, encouraging them to take action to protect it.
Toxic Free Future
Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow.
Swale on Yale info:
City of Anacortes Stormwater website: https://www.anacorteswa.gov/493/Stormwater
Anacortes Stormwater Useful Links: https://www.anacorteswa.gov/1080/Useful-Links
Marine Mammal Dissection Pictures
Pictures of a Harbor Seal dissection: https://www.mmapl.ucsc.edu/normal-anatomy/pinnipeds/harbor-seal
Continued Opportunities with The Salish Sea School
The Salish Sea School Bioluminescence Night
The Salish Sea School Marshmallows and Microscope Night
Volunteer Opportunities with The Salish Sea School
The Salish Sea School Beach Clean-Ups
Marine Mammal Stranding Network – In connection with the Central Puget Sound MMSN
Washington Park Bird Count
Others TBA including a microplastics survey, other bird surveys, etc.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Bayview St. Park B.E.A.C.H. program
Project Leader/Contact: Annie England email@example.com
Project Description and Timing: Take water samples weekly at Bayview State Park and deliver to EDGE Lab. in Burlington. Possible on-call needs as well.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Bowman Bay/Cornet Bay plants stewardship
Project Leader/Contact: Skagit Fisheries Enhancement
Project Description and Timing: Help maintaining and monitoring beach plantings. Schedule and durations vary.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Deception Pass Rosario Beach Naturalist
Project Leader/Contact: Deception Pass Foundation Lauren Hagen firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Description and Timing: Rosario Beach Naturalists serve as stewards and educators at the Rosario Tide Pools.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Skagit Marine Resources Committee (MRC) Beach Restoration Monitoring http://skagitmrc.org
Project Leader/Contact: Jason Morgan email@example.com
Project Description and Timing: Skagit Marine Resources Committee project to monitor progress of restoration at Bowman Bay and March Point. Intertidal surveys, Beach wrack, Insects, and Woody debris. 3 – 4 hours at each site. Summer. Schedules to be posted.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Skagit Marine Resources Committee (MRC) Kelp Monitoring and Surveys.
Project Leader/Contact: Phyllis Bravinder firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Description and Timing: Skagit Marine Resources Committee project to survey and monitor near shore kelp beds via Kayak. Summer. Schedules vary.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Skagit Marine Resources Committee (MRC) Forage Fish Surveys
Project Leader/Contact: Peter Haase Pgypsy@wavecable.com
Project Description and Timing: Skagit Marine Resources project. Work on teams collecting beach gravel and analyzing for forage fish eggs. Weekly surveys – each takes about 2 hours. Attend as able. Additional times for microscopic analysis work.
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Skagit Land Trust http://skagitlandtrust.org
Project Leader/Contact: email@example.com
Project Description and Timing: Group has many volunteer opportunities on website. All year round. Tree planting, land stewardship, youth education help, heron nest monitor,
Volunteer Opportunity Project Name: Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center http://WolfHollowWildlife.org
Project Leader/Contact: WolfHollow@WolfHollowWildlife.org
Project Description and Timing: San Juan Island group has many volunteer opportunities on website. All year round. Big need is local Skagit residents to help collect and transport injured wildlife to the Anacortes ferry terminal.