Oct 29, 2018

WA & beyond: Governor's Southern Resident Orca Task Force Deadline set at midnight Oct 29 to receive public comments on their updated DRAFT recommendations

There is a surveymonkey.com page with 37 questions when you go to the online public comment portal  cited below. Click HERE to see volunteers' GUIDE to BOLD Commenting which you may find helpful in choosing your responses to those 37 questions re the Southern Resident Orca Task Force draft (Boldness would be life-saving!). Watch for future meetings viewable on TVW.org.

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From: Puget Sound Partnership <pugetsoundpartnership@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 1:14 PM
Subject: Public comment sought on Southern Resident Orca Task Force updated draft recommendations

AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Updated draft report on recommended actions to recover southern resident orcas

Governor Inslee's Southern Resident Orca Task Force is inviting public comment on the updated draft recommendations for actions to recover southern resident orcas. Initial potential recommendations were generated by the three Working Groups that advise the Task Force and were released for public comment on Sept. 24, 2018.
The recommendations focus on the following issues affecting the survival of the southern resident orcas:
  • Lack of prey
  • Toxic contaminants
  • Disturbance from noise and vessel traffic
The Task Force convened October 17-18 to discuss and refine the draft recommendations. The updated draft reflects the outcomes of those discussions.  
Comments on the updated draft recommendations must be submitted no later than midnight, Monday October 29, via the Task Force online public comment portal . For those unable to access the online portal, comments may also be submitted by U.S. Mail to:
Puget Sound Partnership
326 East D St
Tacoma, WA 98421 

Next steps: Public comments received on this updated draft will be provided directly to the Task Force for consideration at their meeting on November 6, 2018. The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup. The final Year 1 report and recommendations are due to Governor Inslee on November 16, 2018. 
Learn more on Governor Inslee's webpage for the Task Force. 

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