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Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Victory for Orcas in the Fight Against Coal!

8/5/2013 // By Mary Price

Folks, it’s time to break out the champagne because your efforts in July have brought us much closer to greater protections for wild orcas! Last week, Whatcom County in the state of Washington mandated a sweeping environmental review of a proposed …

National Wildlife Photo Contest by Daniel Dennis.

Orcas: How Science Debunked Superstition

7/22/2013 // By Mary Price

From the depths of the briny blue abyss emerges a menacing Goliath—a colossus of the sea bent on revenge and destruction of the human race. Beware the open ocean for there lurks…Orca: The Killer Whale! Sound like a cheesy movie …

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Black Death: How Coal Exports Threaten Orcas

6/26/2013 // By Suzi Letouze

You can help orcas today by speaking up! Urge the Army Corps of Engineers to thoroughly review the risks from proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. For more information on the dangers coal exports will create for orcas and other …

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Is Building in Floodplains a Good Idea?

3/28/2013 // By Dan Siemann

“Where will we put the next million people moving to Puget Sound?” I was asked this question recently by a business lobbyist concerned that new floodplain protection requirements would make building in flood-prone areas more difficult. His question was driven …

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Keep Up the Fight to Stop Coal Exports in Oregon

3/21/2013 // By Robyn Carmichael

Good news came last week in the battle to protect Oregon’s fish and wildlife from toxic coal pollution. Thanks to support from wildlife advocates like you, multi-billion dollar coal giant Ambre Energy experienced a major setback in its plans to …

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Tanker Accident at Vancouver Coal Terminal – A Sign of Things to Come?

12/7/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

An accident at the West Coast’s biggest coal port adds to the laundry list of reasons why coal is a bad bet for Oregon and Washington.

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Washington Activist Gives Orcas a Voice

10/18/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

What would orcas say about proposals to ship up to 150 million tons of coal per year on trains running along the Columbia River and Puget Sound through sensitive habitat? That’s the question that Washington activist Richard Bergner so creatively …

Coal trains (like this one in Waterloo, Indiana in 2010) derail more often than you would think, and the consequences can be grim. (photo: Ray Steup)

Loaded Coal Train Derails Near Columbia River Gorge

7/3/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

30 rail cars filled with coal overturned in an accident in Washington, spilling their dirty fuel — but the industry would like you to believe that everything is peachy.

Moving People out of Floodplains to Protect Them and Wildlife

3/22/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Rising Water At first the rains come as a light drizzle, tapping out a soothing melody on rooftops and windowpanes. Soon the tempo quickens to a loud drum beat of impending danger. As the rain falls harder and harder the …

Comparison of fish at the same age, reared in the main river channel (left) and reared in the floodplain (right). Source: Jeffres et al., 2008

Puget Sound’s Vanishing Salmon

3/20/2012 // By NWF

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with the kinds of surroundings that most people just read about in the glossy pages of magazines. Accordingly, we want to build homes and businesses as close to that natural beauty as we can get – often, in floodplains. Unfortunately, in doing so, we destroy the natural systems that sustain this essential ecosystem.

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