ORCA RECOVERY DAY
Far from ocean waters, surrounded by a sea of rolling hills, communities on the Palouse are thinking about how water impacts wildlife habitat downstream, including the endangered Southern Resident orca whale, which less than 70 remain.
The water quality of the creeks and rivers of the Palouse have a direct impact on the bodies of water downstream. Urban development, agricultural runoff, and soil erosion have changed our creeks, creating poor water quality conditions.
Home to a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, otters, and beavers, our creeks and rivers are dependent on us to create suitable habitat. By planting native plants along our creeks and rivers we can change water temperature, filter pollutants, and stabilize the soil, making our water clean and healthy. Creating healthy streamside habitat will support our community, supports of our soil and water health, which can help downstream habitat.
Thanks to everyone for celebrating Orca Recovery Day with us, a statewide campaign to address issues affecting the Southern Resident orca whales. Thousands of people across the Northwest take part in restoring vital habitat for the orca's food source, Chinook salmon, and work to create better
ocean conditions for the orcas.
There is still work to be done and each of us can be part of the solution. Simple actions can make a big difference. Check out the 10 actions you can make.