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Washington Law to Aid Endangered Orca Goes Into Effect

July 29, 2019, 10:14 PM

Property owners building retaining walls or other structures in or near the water face increased scrutiny in Washington state under a new law intended to protect critically endangered killer whales.

The law—which is designed to provide more salmon for orca that ply the waters of Puget Sound seeking increasingly scarce prey—went into effect July 28. It is meant to protect habitat for salmon and the smaller fish they eat.

The measure was a recommendation from a state task force charged with saving the whales that identified a shortage of salmon—along with exposure to toxic and vessel noise and ...

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