Puget Sound Orcas are the most polluted marine mammals in the World – Solution?


Your invited to “Orcas Love Raingardens

June 13, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
@ Point Defiance Pagoda, Tacoma

     Our Southern Resident orcas are considered to be the most polluted marine mammals in the world.
The biggest source of toxics in Puget Sound comes from stormwater runoff.

The solution is raingardens!

Our upcoming event, Orcas Love Raingardens, will highlight the link between our Southern Resident orcas and polluted toxic runoff along with raingardens as a resource (both on the ground and educational) available to our community. We will explore options for schools, parks, and neighborhood associations in Tacoma to get involved with orca conservation by planning and installing more raingardens throughout our communities. To coexist with orcas, we all need to come together to create proactive, community-driven solutions.

· Overview of the orcas-raingarden connection
· Screening of Polluted Puddles: Arlo’s Quest to Clean-up Our Mess
· Panel Discussion with Q&A
· OPTIONAL: Tour of the new Point Defiance Stormwater Treatment Facility, led by Jessica Knickerbocker, project lead from City of Tacoma

Representatives from the City of Tacoma, Pierce Conservation District, Metro Parks, and Tacoma Public Schools will discuss their projects to install more raingardens, resources available to the public, and plans to coordinate and expand community raingardens throughout Tacoma.

RSVP to either Danielle Shaw (danielle@wecprotects.org) or Robb Krehbiel (rkrehbiel@defenders.org).