Rep. Kristine Lytton (D), Chair: (360) 786-7800; Kristine.Lytton@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Noel Frame (D), Vice-chair: (360) 786-7814; Noel.Frame@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Terry Nealey (R): (360) 786-7828; Terry.Nealey@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Ed Orcutt (R): (360) 786-7990; Ed.Orcutt@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Cary Condotta (R): (360) 786-7954; Cary.Condotta@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Laurie Dolan (D): (360) 786-7940; Laurie.Dolan@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Gerry Pollet (D): (360) 786-7886; Gerry.Pollet@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Larry Springer (D): (360) 786-7822; Larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R): (360) 786-7846; Drew.Stokesbary@leg.wa.gov
Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R): (360) 786-7912; JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Sharon Wylie (D): (360) 786-7924; Sharon.Wylie@leg.wa.gov
MORE SHIPS COMING TO THE SALISH SEA
Action 2: Comment on the Centerm Expansion Project
The project: Centerm is a container ship terminal in Vancouver BC and it wants to expand. This expansion would mean 120 more transits of cargo container ships per year traveling past our shores through Haro Strait with many of these ships larger than those currently transiting our waters.
Why Safe Shippers care: Increased shipping through lower Georgia Strait, Boundary Pass, Haro Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca means increased vessel noise that impacts our resident orcas and other marine species, and increased risks of accidents and oil spills in the Salish Sea. Because the San Juan Islands are vulnerable to any negative impacts from this expansion, we need to take this opportunity to speak up.
Comment by March 24:
What to ask for:
WHAT WOULD THE ORCAS DO?
Our County needs to hear from you so they know how to best represent islanders in their comment to NOAA regarding a proposed seasonal no-boats zone off the western side of San Juan Island.
NOAA is requesting public input on a petition submitted by three conservation organizations as a measure to help save the Southern Resident Killer Whale. A NOAA study has shown that the whales are under siege from a triad of threats: water pollution, vessel noise, and lack of food. ALL THREE of these threats must be tackled if we are to save our island icons. Mitigation from the noise pollution threat is being addressed with this protection zone proposal. Please attend the hearing, listen to what other islanders have to say, and use your voice to speak for the whales.
The NOAA proposal:
About the petition:
March 1 MRC Meeting: http://www.sanjuanco.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03012017-1392
If unable to attend the meeting, you may submit comments directly to NOAA (by April 13):
By the comment portal: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0152
Click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
Thank you, Safe Shippers, for all you do to advocate for healthy orcas and safe waters!