PLEASE JOIN THE FIGHT TO RESTORE JUDSON LAKE!
Cleaning up KNOWN contaminated sites in the border region is absolutely necessary in order to alleviate the significant and preventable suffering deaths of unsuspecting wildlife.
Between 2003 and 2006 the CWS/USFWS/WDFW annually disseminated three successive joint “Strategic Action Plan[s]” for each upcoming year. Every Strategic Action Plan included a component titled “Remediation of Contamination or Removal of Threat”. The working hypothesis of this component reads “[t]here is at least one site with heavy lead shot contamination in Whatcom County or Sumas Prairie that can be remediated or modified to make it inaccessible to swans” (CWS/WDFW, 2004 p.15).
To this day not one contaminated site has been remediated. If there is a more highly contaminated and menacing site than Judson Lake by all means please start there!
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS, WHERE ARE YOU?
Thank you Defenders of Wildlife and World Society for the Protection of Animals for making your voices heard! Other groups and citizens, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!
Please contact Governor Christine Gregoire.
Please point her to our website and urge her to act swiftly to ensure that Judson Lake is cleaned up. 75% of Judson Lake is in Washington State and the heaviest contamination is directly in front of stationary hunting blinds on that side. Please tell her that you are looking to her government to provide the leadership needed to ensure this happens and that you look forward to her written response to your concerns. Your voice will have a significant impact!
Please contact Environment Minister Barry Penner. Now that Judson Lake has been proven to be a major contributor to the annual swan deaths it is his duty to ensure that this death trap is cleaned up and restored to a fully functioning ecosystem. There is not a more spectacular place on earth to witness the miracle of the migration of Trumpeter Swans. How sad it would be to lose this part of our natural heritage.
Remember, our government representatives REPRESENT US! Together we can make a difference. Please do your part.