Orcas, Washington DC, DamSense.org and Me

As promised, here is an update on my trip to Washington DC this week. The weather forecast says: Its a go! I’m seeing a temp in the high 40s, nice and dry for the middle of January.

Q: Why am going? A: Orcas.

And…why this trip, specifically? The Lower 4 Snake River Dams. They are up for further evaluation causing another 5 year delay. Government people have already studied and reported government data. That data has been presented and The Federal Government has failed to act according to the tax payer funded (MILLIONS of dollars!) Army Corp of Engineers data as well as a federal judges order. On these 4 dams, taxpayers getting a fifteen cents on the dollar return for their hard earned money. That’s GOVERNMENT DATA. And yet, the Lower 4 Snake River Dams are not breached.

The orcas that depend on the Chinook Salmon that spawn specifically in the Lower Snake River DON’T have 5 years. The salmon and steelhead are disappearing. Orcas are starving. Less than 80 remain as of the end of 2016. The SRKW (orcas) will be extinct in 5 years. This specific population has taken a horrendous beating at the hands of humans. Hunted, enslaved, and now starved.

DamSense.org has not fallen asleep at the wheel. Jim Waddell and others are spreading their URGENT message.

I have signed petitions, called the POTUS and my state reps and senator, even requested a meeting when I am in DC but have not heard back yet. I hosted a lunch for friends at my home where we watched DamSense (a documentary on US dams in general, but also included a segment on the Lower 4 Snake River dams) and discussed. They had NO idea. Despite being connected on social media to various degrees, it was their first time exposure. Some of them also made calls. Many others have done more than I.

So, I keep going. I will be representing Orcas in front of the Army Corp of Engineers HQ in Washington DC because they cannot make that trip themselves. Thank you to Betsey Thoennes and Jim Waddell of DamSense.org who have been helping me send a ‘live body, in person’ message to the public and the Army Corp of Engineers HQ while I am there.

This trip may seem like a lot to you, but my efforts are between me and me. To myself, this is a small thing I can do for the orcas that I admire and cherish so.

I will make the trek in solidarity with Orcas. If they had a proverbial ‘seat at the table’, I believe they would thank me for it. That’s good enough for me.

11 thoughts on “Orcas, Washington DC, DamSense.org and Me

  1. Gayle

    It is very inspiring to me that you care so deeply for all Orca’s, and especially the plight of the starving Orca’s that desperately need the lower 4 Snake River dams torn down.
    I hope that the Army Corps of Engineers pay attention to you and have a change of heart.
    Good luck and safe travels Sue!

  2. Gretchen G.

    I admire your passion for speaking out on behalf of those without a voice, and fighting for this worthy cause that is so dear to your heart. A personal favorite mantra: If your heart could speak, what would it say? Live what you love. You are doing just that by fighting for and writing about these amazing creatures. Best of luck with your mission and safe travels!

  3. Jenn

    What an amazing undertaking and a powerful message of conservation you will be carrying to Washington DC! I hope you are able to get an audience with those who can breach the dams. The orcas are lucky to have you for an advocate!

  4. Angie

    Such a wonderful thing you are doing to try to save these amazing creatures. Wishing you the best of luck and success on your trip to Washington DC.


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