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Orca Conservancy makes comment on the Columbia River System Operations – Environmental Impact Statement

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Orca Conservancy makes comment on FERC Project No. 14803 | Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Lower Klamath Project License Surrender

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BLM Announces Southwest Oregon Withdrawal: More than 100,000 acres of federal lands will be protected to safeguard critical watersheds

Orca Conservancy and its members, made public comment in support of this mining withdrawal. LINK TO COMMENT. This is just one more positive move in the right direction towards the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident orca population. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreation and natural resources to the area. /Shari Release Date: Jan 12, 2017 Contact(s): Virginia Gibbons, Public Affairs Officer (541) 618-2113 Portland, OR –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management has signed a public land order for a 20-year term…

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Oh YES! Cherry Point – Another Victory for Forage Fish!!

DNR cuts chances of Cherry Point pier, honors Lummi Nation request to protect land BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL swohlfeil@bhamherald.com A marine area once set aside for a proposed fourth shipping pier at Cherry Point will be included in the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve and likely protected from development.Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday his decision to incorporate a 45-acre “cutout” for the pier into the reserve, after reviewing about 5,000 public comments, the majority of which were in favor of the change, and getting advice to do so from a technical advisory committee.“This will improve habitat for…

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Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator—Killer Whales

There’s no doubt that melting sea ice in Hudson Bay is threatening endangered polar bears, but it might also be harmful to beluga whales, seals, narwhals, and other marine mammals, scientists are warning. The reason? Melting ice caused by climate change is carving huge swaths of open water for longer periods of time, providing Atlantic killer whales more access to the bay and its rich stocks of prey. “There has been an increase in the duration of open water by about 35 percent in the last 10 to 15 years, and killer whales can now come into the bay with…

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Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator … Killer Whales

        By  David Kirby There's no doubt that melting sea ice in Hudson Bay is threatening endangered polar bears, but it might also be harmful to beluga whales, seals, narwhals and other marine mammals, scientists are warning. The reason? Melting ice caused by climate change is carving huge swaths of open water for longer periods of time, providing Atlantic killer whales more access to the bay and its rich stocks of prey. "There has been an increase in the duration of open water by about 35 percent in the last 10 to 15 years and killer whales…

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Pipeline expansion worries some on behalf of Southern Resident orcas

Environmental activists from the United States and Canada are expressing concerns over a newly approved expansion of a Canadian oil pipeline, saying it could threaten the Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would drastically increase the amount of oil being transported from the oil sands in Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., a city just east of Vancouver. “It definitely will be a Canadian Standing Rock,” said Paul Magid, a member of the Jefferson County Stand with Standing Rock caravan, which recently returned from protests of the…

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PRESS RELEASE: Cantwell Urges President Obama to Engage Canada on Trans Mountain Pipeline, Protect US Waters, Economy

Cantwell Urges President Obama to Engage Canada on Trans Mountain Pipeline, Protect US Waters, Economy  Cantwell: US lacks “the necessary oil spill prevention and response technologies” to clean up tar sands oil spill See Full Letter Here WASHINGTON, D.C.  – In a letter to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) urged the president to take action regarding Canada’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. Specifically, the letter asks President Obama to directly engage with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and call on the Canadian government to ensure adequate protections are in place to mitigate oil spill risk…

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NOTICE: Final Determination Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Boundary Modification

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

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#GivingTuesday!! November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday is THIS Tuesday, November 29! It's an international day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! Learn more at: www.givingtuesday.org  and support Orca Conservancy on Giving Tuesday at: orcaconservancy.org/donate/  Orca Conservancy's continued work assisting with the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales matter. Now more than ever. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to: 1. safeguard critical habitats 2. advocate for creative oil-spill prevention and response measures 3. restore salmon spawning and nearshore habitats 4. ensure stronger fisheries management 5. outreach, education, events and public speaking Support Orca Conservancy with a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more on #GivingTuesday and…

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