NOTICE: Final Determination Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Boundary Modification December 03, 2016

SEPA File No. 16-11401 Determination of Non-significance (DNS) This threshold determination is hereby: RETAINED.  

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Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer, registered Washington State 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working on behalf of orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends.

Orca Conservancy collaborates with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas.

The organization’s urgent attention is on the Endangered Southern Resident killer whales of the Pacific Northwest. These three pods, J Pod, K Pod and L Pod, have been decimated by the depletion of prey resources, the accumulation of marine toxins, increased acoustic disturbance and harassment, and the destruction of salmon spawning and nearshore habitats, the nurseries of the Salish Sea.


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As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, your donation goes towards making campaigns and projects — reality. Here are some of the ways that Orca Conservancy, and your donations, are helping:


Eleven Local and National Environmental Organizations Oppose Hazardous Waste Facility on Fraser River in Chilliwack, BC

Aevitas Inc. has pulled the plug on plans to build a hazardous waste recycling plant by the Fraser River.

Aevitas president Byron Day quietly made the announcement about the Chilliwack plant “with great disappointment” late Wednesday afternoon. “I regret to inform all interested parties that Aevitas Inc. is no longer pursuing the development and building of a state of the art special waste management facility in Chilliwack.”

The “multiple hurdles” thrown up by critics have amounted to “a neverending uphill battle,” admitted Day. A coalition of First Nations, environmental groups, river stewards and sport fishing advocates formed to fight the…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shari Tarantino, President, Orca Conservancy / (206) 379-0331

April 7, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California signed an agreement on Wednesday, April 6 that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.

Shari Tarantino, President of the Seattle-based Orca Conservancy, happily exclaimed, “We’ve been saying all along of the importance of keeping the SRKWs fed, and how the Klamath River salmon stocks are a mid-point link between the Columbia River and the Sacramento River. Yesterday was a HUGE victory for this critically endangered population, and it puts all of us working towards their recovery one step closer to making that a reality.”


DOE/EA-1949; Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project (FERC Project 12690-0005)

“We’ve said from the beginning there clearly wasn’t enough information about the effects that these experimental turbines would have on wildlife,” explains Orca Conservancy’s President Shari Tarantino.

Snohomish PUD Announces:  Admiralty Inlet Tidal Power Project not to advance due in part by opposition from Washington tribes, Pacific Whale Watch Association, and Conservation Groups lead by the Seattle based Orca Conservancy.

“Green energy projects often go unchallenged by environmentalists, especially ones under water, so when we first raised concerns about this one, we were sort-of going against the current. That said, our group is fully supportive of finding alternatives to fossil fuel. We are not opposed to tidal energy in the right location, but clearly this was not it. Once again, we’re absolutely ecstatic,” continued Tarantino. “It’s a victory – and we’ll take it – especially for this endangered population.”

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