State lawmakers pass sweeping protections for Puget Sound orcas – MyNorthwest


Yes, it did happen. Congratulations to all who helped push us to completion, especially Governor Jay Inslee.


The Washington state House and Senate passed four bills this month providing sweeping protections for Puget Sound’s ailing orca population. The quartet of bills were passed between April 10 and April 15, and cover a variety of measures, including whale watching, pollution, and more. Each legislative body passed amendments which need to be approved by their counterparts before heading to the governor’s desk for final approval. The first to get the OK from the House and Senate was HB 1579, providing aid to the endangered Chinook salmon population, the primary prey for Puget Sound’s orcas. [The other bills are HB 1578, SB 5577, and SB 5135] (MyNorthwest)

State lawmakers pass sweeping protections for Puget Sound orcas

One Response

  1. I am so happy that these bills have passed. This is such good news. We still need the lower 4 Dams of the Snake breached to give our resident pods the chance they need to survive. So we’re not done yet! Thanks so much

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