Haro Strait

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Haro Strait is at the heart of the feeding grounds for 78 members of the southern-resident killer-whale pods. Maps illustrating the dispersion of oil from a tanker incident in Haro Strait (near Victoria) shows that Orca whales are “most likely to suffer the effects of ingestion, inhalation and direct contact with diluted bitumen, a mix of oil and other chemicals used to aid in its transport.”

In the first few days after a spill, many of the affected animals that breathe at the water’s surface lose consciousness and drown, while others succumb later from eating contaminated prey. Between 22 and 80 per cent of the southern residents’ critical habitat would be affected by such a spill.

Dairy Cleanup

The Stillaguamish Tribe is using a USDA conservation innovation grant to pilot converting dairy manure pollution into clean water and natural fertilizer. Some years back, the Port of Tillamook Bay, Oregon built a dairy waste treatment plant to protect the valuable tourism industry centered around salmon and crab fishing. That plant filtered the water, used the methane to fire dryers, then sold bagged fertilizer at garden stores.