These calfs will only survive if there are enough salmon to eat. The reason for the current southern resident baby boom is correlated with the relative abundance of salmon available to these whales the last year and a half, demonstrating once again how important chinook salmon are to SRKWs. Global changes in climate, hydroelectric dams, urbanization, agriculture, destructive fishing practices, and pollution all play roles in harming salmon populations. But we have an opportunity to help the salmon in a huge way, and in turn help the whales.
The Columbia River Basin was once the largest salmon producing river system in the world. Today, fifty-six dams throughout the basin have brought wild salmon to the brink of extinction. The Snake River, the largest tributary of the Columbia, has the greatest potential to recover its endangered wild salmon populations, thus providing more prey for the Southern Residents. The lower Snake spans fifty miles with four dams restricting access to a 5500 mile expanse of cool climate change resilient Chinook spawning and rearing streams. The lower Snake dams no longer meet their congressionally authorized intent, if the costs exceed the benefits.
Please please PLEASE ask Gov. Inslee to support Obama taking executive action to breach the lower Snake River dams. Call now 360-902-4111