Salish Splash

Join us for the Salish Splash to celebrate orca recovery!

Salish Splash Seattle
When:
June 13, 11 am – 1 pm
Where: Golden Gardens Bathhouse, 8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle
RSVP here for Seattle event.
Live music by Dana Lyons, Rise for the Orcas Tour and refreshments provided.

Salish Splash Tacoma
When: June 13, 4 – 5 pm
Where: Jack Hyde Park, 2000 Ruston Way, Tacoma
RSVP here for the Tacoma event.

This year, the Washington State Legislature passed a critical package of orca recovery bills that address the many threats faced by Southern Resident orcas.

With only 75 animals remaining, we could not wait any longer. Together, we’re celebrating this win for orcas with the Salish Splash!

Challenge your friends, family, and colleagues to jump into Puget Sound! What better way to show your support and enthusiasm for orca recovery than by jumping for joy into the water?  

This is our second annual event, building off of last year’s Puget Plunge celebrating the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone designation.

Join the Salish Splash

What to join the Salish Splash Challenge?

  1. RSVP here.
  2. Print out the Salish Splash Challenge sign and write in the name of the person you would like to challenge.
  3. Take a photo with the sign and post it to social media using #SalishSplash.  Remember to tag the person you’re challenging! See some examples from last year: Jacques White, Will Hall, Mindy Roberts.
  4. Show up on June 13 to Golden Gardens Park, Seattle, or one of our partner locations, ready to splash!

Bring something to splash in, plus aqua socks or other protective footwear. We will provide all the participants who were challenged with hot beverages, food, and live music by Dana Lyons who is on his Rise for the Orcas Tour.

Share the event with friends on Facebook.

Partners are also organizing satellite events around the Salish Sea, so if you can’t make it to Seattle, please splash at one of our satellite locations in Tacoma, Bellingham, or San Juans (contact rein@wecprotects.org for details).

About the Orca Recovery Bills

All four Orca Recovery priority bills passed the Washington State Legislature this year, including salmon habitat recovery, oil spill prevention, vessel noise and disturbance, reducing toxic pollution.

This package represents recommendations put forward by Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force last November that brought together experts and advocates from across the state to find solutions to save resident orcas and restore Salish Sea.

Bills passed:

    • Protecting habitat (HB 1579): Supports chinook salmon and forage fish populations by protecting habitat and reducing invasive predatory species
    • Preventing oil spills (HB 1578): Extends proven safeguards to all vessels carrying crude oil by establishing zone-based tug escort requirements for oil-laden vessels in the waters around the San Juan Islands
    • Reducing vessel noise and disturbance (2SSB 5577): Reduces vessel speed to 7 knots within half nautical mile and increases the vessel buffer zone around orcas so they can more easily find prey, institutes commercial whale watch licensing and fees, and initiates process to identify safe whalewatching around Southern Resident orcas
    • Reducing sources of toxic pollution (SSB 5135): Prevents toxic pollution by addressing the use of classes of chemicals that are of particular concern to sensitive species like orcas and vulnerable populations like kids
    • Toxic site clean-up: The legislature also updated and stabilized funding — paid for by polluters — to clean up toxic sites, reduce stormwater runoff, and prevent toxic chemicals from impacting our health and the environment with stabilized funding for the state’s Model Toxic Control Act. Environmentalists, frontline communities, and local governments have called for these changes for more than a decade.